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Modise: There’s no legal basis not to proceed with possibility of removing PP

Parliamentary speaker Moloto Mothapo explained that the speaker cannot scrap the proceedings unilaterally.

Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise delivers her speech during Parliament's budget vote on 16 July 2019. Picture: @ParliamentofRSA/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise said there was no legal basis for Parliament not to proceed with the process looking into the possibility of removing Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Modise made the comments in her response to Mkhwebane's letter.

Parliamentary speaker Moloto Mothapo explained that the speaker cannot scrap the proceedings unilaterally.

“The speaker has confirmed that the motion complies with the form required in the rules. The determination that the motion complies with the rules does not imply that a decision has been made as to the required prima facie assessment as an independent panel is yet to be established.”

Modise said she didn’t have the power to stop the parliamentary process looking into her removal.

Mothapo said: “The panel of experts must conduct and finalise a preliminary assessment, which will include an invitation to the holder of the office.”

Public Protector spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said this was disappointing: “Once again, we stress her preparedness to submit herself to the process, but it must be a fair process where the rules past constitutional and legal scrutiny and all those involved are independent and impartial.”

Modise insisted the process has been fair, transparent and accountable.