WC High Court reserves judgment in Mkhwebane vs Parly matter

Busisisiwe Mkhwebane was in court to fight a parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape High court has reserved judgment in the battle between the Public Protector and Parliament.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane was in court to fight a parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

On Monday her team argued most of the parties represented in Parliament support her view.

The Public Protector was back in the High Court to provide closing argument on why an interim order should be granted.

Her legal representative Dali Mpofu told the court most parties in the National Assembly, except for the DA, supported the suspension of the rules until their constitutionality had been tested.

“All the other 13 parties are either supporting the notion that this court should suspend the implementation of the rules until their constitutionality has been determined.”

Mpofu also turned his attention to Speaker Thandi Modise, saying she needed to respect majority views.

“The Speaker, with the greatest respect, is bound to apply the principle of majoritarianism.”

The court will now hear closing argument from Modise and the DA which tabled the motion against Mkhwebane.