Deputy Public Protector confident in office's ability

Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka was appointed last week

PRETORIA - The newly-appointed deputy Public Protector doesn't think Parliament's inquiry into her employer's fitness to hold office will hamper the institution's work.

Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka was appointed last week.

On Monday, she reported for duty and said she received a warm welcome while some parliamentarians think Busisiwe Mkhwebane has overstayed her welcome.

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Gcaleka's appointment last Friday has announced in the same week the Public Protector was at loggerheads with the National Assembly Speaker over Thandi Modise's decision to agree to a request allowing Parliament to initiate proceedings for Mkhwebane's removal from office.

Gcaleka said, "what I saw here today is a passionate team, enthusiastic about their work. Everything else is a side issue. The real work of this office will not be hindered."

"It is for this office to hold steadfast, focus on the job, and let the Public Protector as the head to handle other matters. The work has to continue because the people of South Africa are looking up to this office to realise their hopes," she said.

Mkwhebane is looking up to the courts, to realise her hopes of staying in the job.

Mkhwebane's lawyers spent the day putting the final touches to her court papers, challenging the legality of the impending investigation into her fitness to hold office.