Not so peachy: panel says parliament should impeach Mkhwebane

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Not so peachy: panel says parliament should impeach Mkhwebane

Findings point out numerous examples of the embattled public protector’s ‘sustained incompetence’

Political correspondent

An independent panel appointed to assess the merits of a motion to have public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane removed from office, has recommended parliament should institute impeachment proceedings against her.

The panel led by retired Constitutional Court judge Bess Nkabinde found substantial information that constitutes prima facie evidence of incompetence and misconduct against Mkhwebane.

The panel found there were a number of examples of such incompetence, the most glaring of which is the prima facie evidence demonstrating that the public protector grossly overreached and exceeded the bounds of her powers in terms of the constitution and Public Protector Act. This was done by unconstitutionally overstepping parliament’s exclusive authority when she directed parliament to initiate a process to amend the constitution...

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