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17 Mar 2021
5:33 am

Public protector Mkhwebane is Ramaphosa’s acid test


Will Ramaphosa suspend Mkhwebane? Such a move will risk opprobrium from his opponents but will send a strong message that he is not to be trifled with.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Supplied

The old saying that “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings” is an appropriate dampener to the euphoria which might be felt in some political quarters about the double blows controversial Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was dealt yesterday. First, the Constitutional Court rejected Mkhwebane’s attempt to block any parliamentary inquiry into her fitness for office. Then, in an unprecedented show of agreement across party lines, 275 MPs voted for a DA-proposed motion that parliament institute an official probe into Mkhwebane, while just 40 voted against the inquiry. Despite previous ANC vows that its MPs should never vote for any...