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There's no basis for Mkhwebane's removal - Parly committee

In a report to Parliament, the justice committee says enough prima facie evidence was contained in the documents sent to it to conclude that no action needs to be taken against Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Parliament will this week be asked to agree not to institute removal proceedings against the Public Protector.

This comes after a Democratic Alliance (DA) complaint to the Speaker, that Busisiwe Mkhwebane is not fit to hold office.

But in a report to be considered by the National Assembly on Wednesday, the justice committee says there's no basis for her removal.

The DA says it's taking legal advice on the matter.

In a report to Parliament, the justice committee says enough prima facie evidence was contained in the documents sent to it to conclude that no action needs to be taken against Mkhwebane.

This is after the committee initially agreed that it was best placed to run an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

African National Congress Members of Parliament later argued that the request to institute removal proceedings against the Public Protector was politically motivated.

But the DA disagrees.

It says the North Gauteng High Court confirmed that she overreached her powers in her Absa/Bankorp report and compromised the independence of Parliament.

The report to Parliament says Mkhwebane made a mistake and acknowledged this and there's no need for proceedings to remove her from her job.