Public Protector headed back to court

Johannesburg – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is not done trying to stop an impeachment inquiry against her.

Mkhwebane plans to take her next legal step in the Constitutional Court within the next two weeks.

Parliament’s Section 194 committee was unanimous on Tuesday that unless a court prescribes otherwise, it’s going ahead with plans to start leading in evidence in early May.

An inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office has been stalled for more than a year, as the Public Protector challenges the process in the courts.

In a back and forth of legal correspondence just hours before the Section 194 committee reconvened on Tuesday after a seven-month hiatus.

Mkhwebane’s lawyer informed Parliament of her next move.

“She intends to apply to the Constitutional Court for a rescission of certain parts of the judgment or order of the CC. On the basis of that intended rescission application, she made a proposal or a request to the Speaker and I suppose to the committee as well to adopt the same attitude as they had when the matter went to the Constitutional Court for an appeal in the first round,” said Parliament’s legal advisor Siviwe Njikela.

 

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