Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane must immediately vacate office.
This is according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip John Steenhuisen following a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court on Mkhwebane’s report into the Estina Dairy matter that ordered that she personally pay 7.5% of the DA and lobby group Casac’s legal fees in the Vrede dairy farm review matter.
“She failed to fulfill her constitutional duties; her dereliction of duty in this matter was “more lamentable” than in the ABSA/Bankorp matter; and she turned a blind eye to the poor,” said Steenhuisen.
“There is no more denying – the Public Protector is wholly unfit and improper to hold the office of such a crucial Chapter 9 body. These bruising defeats are stacking up on a weekly basis, and the longer she stays at the helm of this institution, the more damage she will do.
“In her almost three years in office, she has successfully tarnished the credibility, authority and independence of the Office of the Public Protector.
“The DA respects the important role the Office of the Public Protector plays in strengthening South Africa’s democracy, however, we will not waver in holding an inept and problematic incumbent to account.”
Public Protector’s Oupa Segalwe said that the ruling impacted negatively on Mkhwebane’s ability to perform her duties.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.