Mkhwebane ‘too sick’ to testify!

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Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is suspended. Photo by Tebogo Letsie
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is suspended. Photo by Tebogo Letsie

SUSPENDED Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane did not continue with her evidence on Thursday, 23 March. 

Mkhwebane was also supposed to testify before the Committee for Section 194 Enquiry into her fitness to hold office on Friday, 24 March.

But Mkhwebane told the enquiry she was sick and has been booked off until Wednesday, 27 March. 

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The committee said it would still meet virtually on Friday, 24 March to table correspondence received and consider the revised committee programme.

The hearing is expected to continue next week.

Mkhwebane began giving her testimony on 15 March and described her impeachment as persecution. 

She told the inquiry that her sin was to investigate the "untouchables" who donated to the CR17 campaign and then made her public enemy number one.

"I am being persecuted by these untouchables who donated and are protected. My life is in danger. It is a danger in the sense that it is a matter of life and death, because this is about my future," said Mkhwebane.

She is facing a series of charges, including incompetence, gross misconduct, harassment and intimidation. 

Mkhwebane denied the allegations and claimed they were politically motivated. She said since she took the public protector job, she has never found peace with people insulting and vilifying her.   

The committee had set aside 10 days to hear her testimony. 

According to the chairman, Qubudile Dyantyi, the committee wants to wrap its work on 28 April and thereafter send its report, which will contain a recommendation, to the National Assembly on whether Mkhwebane should be removed or not. Her seven-year term in office comes to an end this year.

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