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DA mulls asking Parly to remove Mkhwebane

The DA’s Glynnis Breytenbach says the Public Protector should personally pay for the costs and not make use of tax payer’s money.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane during a press briefing. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that it is now considering whether it should try to ask Parliament to remove Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane after she said she would not oppose the Reserve Bank's application to overturn her findings.

Three weeks ago, Mkhwebane ordered Parliament to change the Constitution to change the mandate of the central bank.

That led to the bank, Absa and Parliament itself to go to court against her findings before she said on Monday that she would not oppose the bank’s application.

Mkhwebane’s decision to not oppose the Reserve Bank’s application means that her finding that its mandate must be changed will now be set aside by a judge.

The DA had refused to support her appointment saying that she had worked as a spy.

The party’s Glynnis Breytenbach: "And that time at State Security has not been explained to anyone's satisfaction, so ti leaves one with the conclusion that there's a problem."

Mkhwebane has said that she has made this decision because she has received legal advice on the issue which she has accepted.

REVIEW OF ROLE

The DA also says that Mkhwebane’s ability to execute her duties should be reviewed.

The party says that her acknowledgement that it was beyond her power to change the mandate of the Reserve Bank is an indictment that she does not understand her role and duties.

The Public Protector has filed an affidavit to not oppose parties which challenged her report and said she will pay for legal costs.

The DA’s Glynnis Breytenbach says the Public Protector should personally pay for the costs and not make use of tax payer’s money.

“It’s a very big job and she doesn’t have the experience to do it. so we’ll have to revisit this and look at her affidavit and then we’ll have to see if there anything that can be done at this stage.”

In a report on the Bankcorp bailout, she found that the inflation targeting mandate of the bank must be changed before the Reserve Bank said it would go to court to review that finding.

Mkhwebane's findings led to the rand losing value amid fears that the independence of the bank could come under threat.

Breytenbach says the Public Protector should personally pay legal costs of parties which opposed her judgment and not make use of tax payer’s money.

She says the Public Protector’s competency should be reviewed.

“When I look at the fact, she shouldn’t be in that position.”

Earlier, the Public Protector agreed to pay legal costs after deciding not to oppose the application.