Panel to consider Mkhwebane's removal unlikely to start work this year

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Jan Gerber, News24, file
  • The date when the independent panel - which will determine if there is a prima facie case for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's removal - will start its work is still to be determined.
  • It appears unlikely to be this year.
  • The DA has welcomed the appointment of the panel.

The independent panel which, will determine whether there is a prima facie case for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwhebane's removal, will probably only start its work next year.

On Wednesday, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise announced in a statement that former Constitutional Court Judge Bess Nkabinde would chair the panel, which also includes advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, SC, and advocate Johan De Waal, SC.

Parliament indicated that Modise would later announce the date on which the panel will start its work. Once the panel starts its work, it has 30 days to compile a report with recommendations to the National Assembly.

READ | Mkhwebane's fate in the hands of three legal heavyweights

At Thursday's meeting of the National Assembly Programming Committee, DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone, who brought the motion to institute removal proceedings against Mkhwebane, said she was "very pleased" that Modise had appointed the panel.

She asked for an indication when the panel will start its work. She said it is highly unlikely that it will be this year, as it will soon be the holiday season and Parliament will rise after next week.

She said it was a "matter of national importance and of national urgency".

Date

Secretary to the National Assembly, Masibulele Xaso, said there wasn't a date for the panel to start at the moment, and that they were still tending to some "preliminary issues", including contracts.

He said Modise would announce the date soon. He agreed with Mazzone that it would be difficult for the panel to "stop and start" over the holiday season.

In a statement released shortly after the meeting, Mazzone said the DA welcomed the appointment of the panel.

"This has been months in the making, thanks to the unrelenting pressure from the DA. We hope that the panel will waste no time in beginning its work as these proceedings are a matter of national importance," she said.

"The DA is pleased that Parliament is now another step closer to holding Mkhwebane to account, despite numerous attempts by her to delay, frustrate and invalidate a legitimate parliamentary process to remove her.

"In the interest of accountability and respect of State institutions, the Office of the Public Protector must and should continue to be the vanguard that protects the interests of the vulnerable, something which is a rare sight under Mkhwebane's leadership."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Will you continue to use WhatsApp following the company announcing a change terms of service which would force users to share personal data?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the terms of service do not bother me enough to switch
53% - 8255 votes
No, I will be switching over to a new service
43% - 6817 votes
I've never used WhatsApp
4% - 620 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
14.93
(+0.21)
ZAR/GBP
20.41
(+0.16)
ZAR/EUR
18.15
(+0.18)
ZAR/AUD
11.54
(+0.14)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(+0.08)
Gold
1848.50
(+0.47)
Silver
25.43
(+0.91)
Platinum
1096.84
(+1.28)
Brent Crude
55.94
(+2.10)
Palladium
2356.48
(+0.74)
All Share
63603.26
(-0.17)
Top 40
58358.85
(-0.32)
Financial 15
12017.40
(+0.95)
Industrial 25
85061.23
(+0.29)
Resource 10
62265.14
(-1.51)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo