Ramaphosa ‘neutral’ in Mkhwebane, Parliament impeachment row - The Mail & Guardian

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Office Of The Public Protector, Parliament, South Africa (Country)

However, the president says even if he has a conflict of interest, another Cabinet member could suspend the public protector

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Office Of The Public Protector

18.2.2020

In an affidavit, President Ramaphosa agreed with the public protector that he has a conflict of interest as far as she is concerned, but he said that his power to suspend her can simply be delegated to another, unconflicted, member of Cabinet.

However, the president says even if he has a conflict of interest, another Cabinet member could suspend the public protector

weighed in on the battle between Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and Parliament over its impeachment rules. In an affidavit filed on Monday, Ramaphosa agreed with Mkhwebane that he has a conflict of interest as far as she is concerned, but he said that his power to suspend her can simply be delegated to another, unconflicted, member of Cabinet. Mkhwebane has challenged the constitutionality of the impeachment rules on a number of grounds. She has also asked that, pending the outcome of her case against Parliament, the speaker is interdicted from taking any further steps against her. Alternatively, she has asked that people — the president and MPs — who have a conflict of interest be interdicted from participating in any impeachment process. This is where the president comes in, because the Constitution provides that the public protector may be suspended by the president once an impeachment committee begins a removal process. The president says he “neither supports nor opposes” Mkhwebane’s application. “I leave the matter in the hands of the court”. But in order to be of assistance to the court, Ramaphosa nonetheless made some submissions. He agreed with Mkhwebane that he had a conflict of interest as far as she is concerned. But the conflict arose from the ongoing litigation between them over her report into his CR17 campaign, which he has challenged in court, he said. The conflict was not because Mkhwebane had made adverse findings against him in the report. The Constitution envisages contestation between different organs of state, said Ramaphosa, and there are mechanisms for resolving them. It could never be that a finding by the public protector would forever banish a president from suspending her. I leave the matter in the hands of the court President Cyril Ramaphosa However, for now there is a conflict, agreed Ramaphosa. But an interpretation that prevented anyone from exercising the suspension power would be overbroad, he said. Ramaphosa also took issue with the tone of Mkhwebane’s application, in particular where she describes him as “compromised” and “driven by bad faith and corrupt motives” and where she accuses the president of having “a perverse interest in removing her”. “These are only some examples of defamatory and inflammatory language employed by the public protector in her application. It is plainly uncalled for and is unbecoming of an incumbent of such an important office in our land,” said the president. News Editor, Mail & Guardian. Editor, Advocate. Former legal reporter at Business Day. Still obsessed with law and politics Tags Read more: Mail & Guardian

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Lol the very same ramaphosa who appealed the north high court decision that if the president is conflicted he must allow the deputy president to carry some of the functions on a matter at hand lol these judgement which were meant for zuma will destroy these people 😂😂 They must come. SC Sikhakhane...

And that member of the cabinet owes his income to CyrilRamaphosa so they will do whatever to protect their source of income. Mkhwebane when courts use strong language against her,she cries a bucketful.but she has a gall to call others names.disgusting human being she is. Neutral how?because from the start its him,anc and D A on removing the public protector,because first he accused her of obtaining information illegally then DA realised that is funders also are going to be exposed after ramaphosas saga then they acted fast to plañ on removing her

Only neutral in public, behind closed doors working hard to have her removed. Delegated to another member of HIS cabinet, someone he employed? You are acting too slow, you all will be gone before Christmas 2020 zizikodwa JacksonMthembu_ CyrilRamaphosa MbalulaFikile RonaldLamola ThuliMadonsela3 McebisiJonas MasekoThembaJ justicemalala pierredevos GwedeMantashe1 ferialhaffajee Dr_MakhosiKhoza

I am sure AdvBMkhwebane did not see that reply coming. He will forever sit on the fence. His spine is on a koppie in the northwest No ways.......CR.......! What you must do is to let the Chief Justice to reccommend a Judge and you appoint that Judge, and delegate that authority to a Judge..........!

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Lol and I'm neutral when my team chiefs plays against pirates, 🤣🤣🤣 lol come on

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