Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane faces removal from office again in another dimension; this time through the national assembly as consideration to remove her are set to top the agenda of Parliament’s justice and correctional services portfolio committee when it meets on Tuesday.
Mkhwebane consideration for removal is coming after the National Assembly was forced to suspend the consideration of the removal of advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, who approached the court for an interdict to stop a final decision being made on her position at the National Prosecuting Authority.
It is recalled that in May, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, had asked Speaker Thandi Modise to start removal proceedings against the public protector after the North Gauteng High Court set aside her report into the Estina dairy project. Mkhwebane however, threatened to take legal action if Parliament went ahead with the process to remove her from office, and argued that the national legislature has no rules on the procedure to effect her removal.
The latest schedule of parliamentary meetings states that the committee will tomorrow consider the request from DA chief whip John Steenhuisen to start a parliamentary process to remove Mkhwebane from office. Steenhuisen said there was a need to create a firewall process, after the House was interdicted by Jiba.
Following the seven years term of deputy public protector Kevin Malunga that will expire in December, the committee will also be briefed on the appointment of a new deputy public protector. The national assembly speaker had eaelier sent a letter to President Ramaphosa informing him of the expiry of the term of office.
The new appointment for the deputy position would be advertised for the committee to shortlist and interview the prospective candidates.