The interactions between the office of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and Parliament showed who has the last laugh when it comes to instances of confrontation. While she was firm in asserting herself and the authority of her office, it proved to be her undoing, especially over the fact that ANC MPs at times did not see eye to eye over matters that concerned her office. The beginning and end of the year were marked by talks on the removal from office of Mkhwebane.
The calls first surfaced last year after failed attempts by the DA which were at the time thwarted by the governing party. Then the signs that Parliament would forge ahead with proceedings against her were made certain this month when Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise said the national legislature would consider the DA’s latest request and draft a substantive motion for the removal of Mkhwebane.
This after the National Assembly adopted rules for the removal of the head of Chapter 9 institutions, such as the public protector. The drafting of these rules came about as the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services considered the request by now DA leader John Steenhuisen (Natasha Mazzone’s predecessor as chief whip) to remove Mkhwebane. He had on previous occasions during the last term of Parliament unsuccessfully attempted to have the committee institute removal proceedings against Mkhwebane.
But, the ANC-dominated justice portfolio committee decided in December last year to hold off on investigating Mkhwebane pending the official opposition’s application to set aside her report on the Vrede Dairy Farm. This was ratified by the National Assembly earlier this year. However, fresh calls for her removal emerged in May this year when the DA again asked Modise for the removal process of Mkhwebane to be resumed after Mkhwebane lost her court case in the Vrede Dairy saga.
In other news – Thobani Nzuza – Leave me alone, I’m just acting
ALL Thobani Nzuza (26) wants is some peace. The actor said he wasn’t interested in older women. They should not dream about me,” said Thobani, who is from Umlazi, south of Durban. He plays Khehla on SABC1’s Uzalo.
On the soapie he dates his mastandi, Gabisile, who is married to his father Qabanga. Thobani told Daily Sun that people thought he liked older women, but that wasn’t true. He said women were proposing to him thinking he’d be interested, just like in the soapie. Read more