Public Protector: I demand an apology for “unseemly public attacks”

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has told Parliament's Justice Committee to apologise to her for attacks on her and threats to remove her from office.

Mkhwebane's demands are tabled in a 25-page document she wrote in response to the committee following a formal complaint by DA MP John Steenhuisen.

EWN reporter Gaye Davies says Mkhebane's document outlines why there is no basis to remove her from office.

Mkhwebane says she is appealing adverse findings against her in the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court with regards to Absa-Bankorp matter, saying that none of her reports were set aside but some of her recommendations were.

She says that the fact that the matter has been taken on review does not equal incompetence on her part.

Read: Mkhwebane's job could be on the line after court sets aside CIEX report

She is attacking the committee for comments by MPs during a meeting in March where she was grilled for failing to tackle a politician that was implicated in the Estina dairy farm scandal that is linked to the state capture.

Gaye Davies, EWN reporter

She says that some of the comments from the MPs have already formed an opinion and that they need to recuse themselves from any hearing and she is also demanding a public apology from the committee for what she calls “unseemly public attacks” on her and threats to remove her from office.

Gaye Davies, EWN reporter

The committee is expected to discuss Mkhwebane’s response on Wednesday, 29 August.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Gaye Davies, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Public Protector: I demand an apology for “unseemly public attacks”


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