These are the 12 reasons why Mkhwebane can’t be impeached: Mpofu

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These are the 12 reasons why Mkhwebane can’t be impeached: Mpofu

The rules would have to be applied retrospectively which cannot work, public protector’s counsel tells high court

Franny Rabkin

The impeachment rules formulated by parliament were broader than what was allowed by the constitution, introducing new grounds for impeaching the public protector “through the back door”, the Western Cape high court heard on Monday.

The court was hearing public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s challenge to the constitutionality of parliament’s new impeachment rules and to the impeachment process she is facing.

The DA brought a motion for her impeachment on a number of grounds of misconduct and capacity, including findings by the Constitutional Court that she had been dishonest and acted in bad faith in her litigation. After an independent panel found she did have a case to answer on the motion, parliament voted for an impeachment inquiry...

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