Public Protector Mkhwebane to face Parly scrutiny over conduct

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Mkhwebane The conduct of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is to come under scrutiny from Parliament.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) laid a complaint with the National Assembly Speaker about her fitness to hold office.

Mkhwebane has been slammed for her handling of an investigation into the apartheid-era Bankorp bailout.

The DA also wants her deputy, Kevin Malunga, to be probed for cancelling two municipal investigations.

Initially reticent to deal with the matter, the African National Congress (ANC) out-voted the opposition in favour of handling the probe itself.

Less than a year in office, and already the DA believes that Mkhwebane should be relieved of her duties.

But Parliament’s Justice Committee was at odds on Tuesday as to how to handle the complaint.

Opposition parties supported a proposal by chairperson Mathole Motshekga that an ad hoc committee would be better placed to handle the matter.

The ACDP’s Steve Swart said: “MPs on an ad hoc committee that were not implicated in that judgment, that were not instructed to amend the constitution, would have been the better course.”

But ANC MPs said that despite the committee’s busy schedule, they would rather find the time to deal with a matter they viewed as of “national importance”.