Cyril doubles down on protector’s ‘conflict of interest’ claim

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Cyril doubles down on protector’s ‘conflict of interest’ claim

But there’s no way out of his ‘potential vengeance’, Mkhwebane insists in impeachment fracas

Franny Rabkin

President Cyril Ramaphosa has repeated his undertaking that, if he is still mid-court battle with the public protector and is called on to suspend or remove her, he would delegate that job to another member of cabinet. But once the litigation is over, the potential conflict of interest would no longer be there, he said in court papers filed last week.

The president was answering public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s court application to set aside as unconstitutional the rules that have been adopted by parliament for the impeachment of the heads of Chapter 9 institutions. 

Mkhwebane already went to court – in Part A – to try to interdict the process that was triggered against her but failed. She is still trying to appeal against the Part A order. Her application for leave to appeal will be heard later this month. In the meantime, Part B – about the constitutionality of the rules – is going ahead...

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