Public Protector`s legal counsel argues removal proceedings haven`t begun yet during hearing

The suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebwane`s legal counsel, Advocate Dali Mpofu said during the Western Cape High Court Mkhwebane`s impeachment hearing on Monday that the parliamentary committee that will decide if she is removed from officer have not even started yet.

Mpofu argued meticulously why President Cyril Ramaphosa shouldn't have suspended Mkhwebane.

According to Mpofu, the work has not even begun yet. The Section 194 Committee, which started its work two weeks ago, isn't the committee the Constitution expected, Mpofu says.

The Western Cape High Court heard Mkhwebane's application to declare her suspension, and the parliamentary proceedings, unlawful and unconstitutional.

Mpofu also went on to argue that it is against the law for a speaker to send a letter to the president

According Section 194 of the Constitution, it allows the president to suspend a Public Protector once a committee for her removal has started its work.

Mkhwebanwe`s impeachment hearing continues on Tuesday.

By Lulama Klassen


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