Ramaphosa fires suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Setting a precedence? President Cyril Ramaphosa has fired former Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
For the first time in history, the head of a Chapter 9 institution in South Africa has been axed. President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially fired Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
This comes as on Monday, 11 September the National Assembly debated over the Section 194 Committee’s Report with over 300 Members of Parliament voting for Mkhwebane to be sacked.
RAMAPHOSA FIRES BUSISIWE MKHWEBANE
As previously reported by The South African, in February 2020, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Parliament submitted the motion to institute removal proceedings against Mkhwebane, citing a number of scathing court judgements against her, particularly relating to some of her investigations, including the Estina Dairy probe.
In March 2021, Parliament voted in support of establishing the committee after adopting a report by a panel of experts, which found there were grounds for an investigation into the public protector’s fitness to hold office.
In August 2023 the Section 194 Committee chaired by Qubudile Dyantyi found grounds to sustain charges of misconduct and incompetence against Busisiwe Mkhwebane during her tenure.
In a letter to Mkhwebane dated 12 September Preisdent Cyril Ramaphosa said in terms of Section 194(3)((b) of the Constitution, when the National Assembly adopts a Resolution for the removal of a Public Protector, the President must remove the Public Protector from the Office.
“I therefore, hereby inform you that you are hereby removed from the Office of the Public Protector in terms of Section 194(3)(b) of the Constitution on the grounds of misconduct and incompetence,” Ramaphosa said.