JOHANNESBURG – Parliament’s portfolio committee on Justice and Correctional Services on Tuesday agreed to an inquiry probing Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.
Mkhwebane made headlines in recent months as she recommended that Parliament should amend the Constitution to change the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb), in the Sarb and Absa/Bankorp acquisition matter.
She was then accused of overreaching powers by the ANC.
The DA proposed for an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.
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Committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga, in his introduction of the matter, recommended that the committee consider referring the matter back to the speaker of Parliament.
Motshekga highlighted the huge workload of the committee, including outstanding legislation that needs to be finalised also citing that he is unsure whether this committee will have the necessary time to deal with the matter and also whether the committee was the right forum or competent authority to deal with such a matter.
He proposed that an ad hoc Committee be appointed to deal with it.
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“The appointment of the Public Protector was done by an ad hoc committee and therefore, an inquiry into the removal should be done by an ad hoc committee,” Parliament’s communications quoted him in a statement.
The majority of members felt that the committee is the correct forum/mechanism to deal with such an inquiry as it performed oversight over the work of the office of the public protector.
The committee further resolved to hold these meetings outside of normal parliamentary hours, after hours or over weekends, should there be a need for it.
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