Public Protector standoff | Impeachment matter back in court

The President says he means no harm nor is he seeking to punish the Public Protector by considering her possible suspension pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. eNCA's Lindsay Dentlinger has been following the second day of this case. #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - The President says he means no harm, nor is he seeking to punish the Public Protector by considering her possible suspension, pending a Parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane was back before the High Court of the Western Cape for a second day on Thursday, asking it to force Cyril Ramaphosa to withdraw his letter to her.

Meanwhile, Parliament has argued an SMS debacle that impacted the start of this case last month, has no bearing on its business to pursue an impeachment inquiry.

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Parliament says Busisiwe Mkhwebane should not be allowed to approach the court repeatedly, on the same matter, and on which the Constitutional Court has already pronounced.

Breitenbach -- who was the recipient of an SMS seeking to preempt the outcome of the Public Protector’s first rescission application before the Constitutional Court -- says it doesn’t impact the work of Parliament.

Meanwhile, the President says at the time he wrote to Mkhwebane asking for reasons why he should not suspend her, there was no legal impediment prohibiting him from doing so.

On arguments by the Public Protector that Ramaphosa is too conflicted to consider her suspension, the president says there’s no clash between his official duties and his private interests.

Judgment in the matter has been reserved.

Source
eNCA

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