DA’S STEENHUISEN TO MEET WITH MPS OVER PROPOSED INQUIRY INTO PUBLIC PROTECTOR

CAPE TOWN – Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip John Steenhuisen will meet with Parliament’s justice committee on Wednesday to discuss the proposed inquiry into the Public Protector’s fitness to hold office.

The committee will be hearing Steenhuisen’s request for the inquiry. The DA has been calling for Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s removal from office, he referred to the damning court rulings against her.

Steenhusien said, “Given the numerous scandals and embarrassments that she’s [bestowed] upon this important constitutional office, most notably around the Absa Bankorp matter where it was found she had completely overstepped her mandate, completely misunderstood her role in terms of the law and trespassed onto Parliament’s authority to amend laws.”

The public protector findings released on Monday that Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s colonial tweets violated the Constitution because it amounted to incitement of imminent violence.

Zille has indicted that she will challenge the findings, who has consistently defended certain aspects of her colonial comments which landed her not only in trouble within the DA but also social backlash.

The findings against Zille, the African National Congress has indicted that they might bring another motion of no confidence against the premier. The ANC filed the complaint to the public protector last year on Zille’s colonial tweets.

DA’s no motion of no confidence comes after growing criticism from opposition parties of her conduct, the ABSA findings against her, where the court ruled that her findings she went beyond the scope of her own mandate and describing the proposal as reckless, where she demanded ABSA to pay back the money from an apartheid era loan from SARS and proposed a change in SARS policy target in June.

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