Mkhwebane suspension is the best way to fulfil my obligation to SA says Ramaphosa

Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said that the Public Protector’s suspension was the best way to fulfil his obligations.

The president announced his decision to suspend Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Thursday amid a parliamentary process to impeach her.

The Public Protector had announced that she was investigating criminal allegations against Ramaphosa relating to the theft of cash at his Phala Phala Farm.

In a statement, Ramaphosa said that Section 194 of the Constitution allowed for the suspension of the Public Protector while an impeachment inquiry was under way.

He said that both he and Mkhwebane were obligated to act in the best interest of the country, saying this suspension fulfilled this obligation.

The president insisted that the Public Protector’s absence would not impede any pending investigations as her deputy would perform her duties.

Meanwhile, the Public Protector has hit back with tweets, saying that the battle was the Lord’s, quoting from the Bible.

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