‘Out of order’: Modise, DA slap down Mkhwebane vendetta claim

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‘Out of order’: Modise, DA slap down Mkhwebane vendetta claim

That the speaker and party are acting in bad faith is just not true, they argue during impeachment tussle

Franny Rabkin

It was “distressing” for someone in the high office of the public protector to accuse the speaker of parliament of acting in bad faith against her – “with a complete absence of evidence”, said Thandi Modise’s counsel in court on Thursday.

The speaker’s counsel, Andrew Breitenbach SC, was addressing a full bench of the Western Cape High Court in the court battle between public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, parliament and the Democratic Alliance over an impeachment process that was triggered against Mkhwebane in December 2019. Mkhwebane wants the court to interdict parliament from taking any further steps in the impeachment process against her, pending her challenge to its impeachment rules, which she says are unconstitutional.

The hearing on Wednesday and Thursday was only to deal with Part A of Mkhwebane’s case – the interdict application, with part B on the constitutionality of the rule planned for November...

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