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The High Court overturned Mkhwebane’s bid to prevent Parliament from impeaching her

The Western Cape High Court had on Friday dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s latest bid to interdict Parliament from proceeding with an inquiry into her fitness to hold office and President Cyril Ramaphosa from suspending her.

President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended Mkhwebane on Thursday, pending the finalisation of the parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office, the SABC reported on Friday.

In addition, the court ruled that she must pay part of the costs herself.

This came after the African Transformation Movement (ATM) denounced President Ramaphosa’s decision to suspend Advocate Mkhwebane saying its  an act of dictatorship.

The Presidency said in a statement the suspension was carried out in accordance with “section 194(3) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

“Section 194(3) (a) of the Constitution provides that the President may suspend the Public Protector (or any member of a Chapter 9 institution) “on reasonable notice after the start of proceedings by a committee of the National Assembly for [their] removal,” said the presidency.

“As stated in Section 2A (7) of the Public Protector Act, whenever the Public Protector is unable to perform the functions of their office for any reason, or while the appointment of a person to the office of Public Protector is pending, the Deputy Public Protector shall perform such functions.”

Ramaphosa said that the work of Mkhwebane’s investigations would still continue in her absence.

African Transformation Movement, President Vuyo Zungula filed a complaint with the Public Protector to investigate President Ramaphosa, following a report by spy boss Arthur Frazer accusing the president of money laundering.

Frazer claimed Ramaphosa was covering up a crime at his game farm in Bela Bela in which millions US dollars were stolen during a robbery two years ago but not reported to the police.


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