President Ramaphosa suspends Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

By Joburg Post


President Ramaphosa suspends Public Protector  Busisiwe Mkhwebane

President Cyril Ramaphosa has suspended Busisiwe Mkhwebane from the office of the Public Protector with immediate effect.

 In a statement released by the Presidency yesterday, it said Mkhwebane  would remain suspended  until  the section 194 process in the National Assembly has been completed.

  “President Ramaphosa has fulfilled his obligation to provide Advocate Mkhwebane a fair hearing by according her sufficient time and opportunity to make submissions", said the statement.
 " In considering each element of the Public Protector’s submissions carefully, the President has taken into account the nature of the Public Protector’s office and his own Constitutional obligations.
 " Section 2A (7) of the Public Protector Act states that whenever the Public Protector is, for any reason unable to perform the functions of his or her office, or while the appointment of a person to the office of Public Protector is pending, the Deputy Public Protector shall perform such function".
 The statement further said absence of Mkhwebane from office will therefore not impede the progress of any investigations that are pending or underway.  
 "President Ramaphosa and Advocate Mkhwebane are both obligated to act in the best interest of the country, in compliance with the Constitution and mindful of the need to protect all Constitutional institutions. The President’s decision to suspend Advocate Mkhwebane is the best manner to fulfill these obligations," read the statement.



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