S.African parliament seeking appropriate way of dealing with request to remove Public Protector: Speaker

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-01 23:04:15|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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CAPE TOWN, June 1 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's Parliament is seeking an appropriate way of dealing with a request to remove Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Speaker Thandi Modise said on Saturday.

This came after John Steenhuisen, chief whip of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), said his request for Parliament to initiate removal proceedings against Mkhwebane is receiving attention.

Under the Rules of Parliament, the speaker is obligated to refer such a request to an appropriate structure of Parliament for its consideration, Modise said in response to Steenhuisen's remarks.

An advice is being sought on the appropriate way of dealing with the DA's request given the fact that certain structures of the 6th Parliament are not yet established, said Modise, who was elected as speaker of the 6th Parliament last month.

Previously, the Committee on Justice and Correctional Services in the 5th Parliament considered a similar request but resolved in February to recommend to the National Assembly not to support the request to expedite proceedings to remove the Public Protector from office, saying such removal proceedings were premature.

The DA has intensified its campaign to have Mkhwebane removed since the 6th Parliament was established last month.

The DA accuses Mkhwebane of blocking investigation into a corruption scandal involving Ace Magashule, secretary general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Magashule was allegedly involved in the Vrede Dairy Farm Project in Free State when he was premier of the province. It's alleged that millions of rand in government funds intended for the project was instead laundered by the controversial Indian Gupta family in collaboration with Magashule and other ANC officials.

Magashule has denied the accusation.

The Pretoria High Court ruled last month that Mkhwebane failed to do her job with due diligence and also failed to properly investigate those implicated in the Vrede Dairy Farm scandal.

Mkhwebane said after the ruling that she was considering her legal options, including a possible approach to the Constitutional Court to have the ruling against her overturned.