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Clear conscience: Ramaphosa ‘harbours no ill feeling’ towards Mkhwebane

The president refutes the public protector’s arguments that he was ‘acting in bad faith’ and ‘rushing’ her suspension

FRANNY RABKIN

President Cyril Ramaphosa “harbour[s] no ill feelings” towards Busisiwe Mkhwebane and had “been more than accommodating towards the public protector in not wanting to rush” a possible suspension process against her, he said in court papers on Tuesday.

Ramaphosa was answering Mkhwebane’s urgent court bid to prevent what she called her imminent suspension, saying that the president was acting in bad faith and alongside a “choreographed move” by the speaker of parliament. 

The court application followed correspondence from the speaker to the president that parliament had recommenced an impeachment process against Mkhwebane after its path was cleared by the Constitutional Court. Ramaphosa then wrote to Mkhwebane asking her for submissions on why he should not suspend her...

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