DA to initiate removal proceedings against Mkhwebane over CIEX conduct

It emerged on Tuesday that the SA Reserve Bank is accusing Mkhwebane of colluding with the Presidency and the State Security Agency to attack the central bank.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

PRETORIA - While Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has defended her conduct in the CIEX report investigation, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will initiate proceedings to have her removed as the Public Protector.

It emerged on Tuesday that the SA Reserve Bank is accusing Mkhwebane of colluding with the Presidency and the State Security Agency to attack the central bank.

Records show that the advocate failed to disclose a meeting with President Jacob Zuma’s advisors in her final report and discussed the bank’s vulnerabilities with the State Security Agency.

The details are contained in an affidavit that the bank filed at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Mkhwebane says that there is nothing wrong with her calling upon any person during an investigation to provide clarity on any issue.

Mkhwebane says that she met with the Presidency at their request and spoke to the State Security Agency to follow up on information.

The advocate says that she’s addressed all the reserve bank’s concerns when she filed her own affidavit.

Meanwhile, the DA says the fact Mkhwebane consulted with President Zuma’s advisors 12 days before the release of the report casts serious doubt over her independence.

The DA wants this matter raised at the relevant parliamentary portfolio committee and for removal proceedings to be initiated urgently.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)