Johannesburg – The public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is allowed to make statements to Parliament as soon as the impeachment process begins.
The Rules Subcommittee agreed on this important for Mkhwebane to comment. The committee wanted to work out its program in relation to the matter.
This followed his previous decision to ask Speaker Thandi Modise to appoint an expert jury to determine if there was a case against Mkhwebane. The committee said that this process would affect not only the public protector but all leaders of Chapter 9 institutions.
There are currently no mechanisms to regulate the removal of the public protector.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen After the panel was formed and had addressed recommendations to a committee to hear the matter, the party concerned must Member of Chapter 9 – Institution.
"This committee must initiate a transparent process and offer the member of Chapter 9 an opportunity to defend himself."
Richard Dyantyi of the ANC said he fully supports the decision that the speaker must appoint a body to defend himself to investigate evidence of removal of the public protector.
] However, he said there must be time limits for this process.
"We do not want a permanent process," Dyantyi said.
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The chairwoman of the subcommittee, Doris Dlakude, who is also the deputy chief whip of the ANC, said the parliamentary legal services would examine the definitions for the reasons for dismissing the head of an institution of chapter 9.
"We will not go on with this point because the table is the Nati General Assembly and the Legal Department will deal with the definitions, "said Dlakude.
Masibulele Xaso, secretary of the National Assembly, said the committee definitions must be clear.
"We agree that these reasons must be defined, what inability is, what incompetence is and what misconduct is."
The national legislature was forced to set the rules for the removal of Mkhwebane after it raised its concerns had been brought to justice to block the trial.
The former deputy head of the Procuratorate Nomgcobo Jiba has challenged the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa t o dismiss her from her position.
She wants to be reinstated, but Parliament can not continue until the court has made a finding.
Jiba and Special Director Lawrence Mrwebi were dismissed by Ramaphosa after the Mokgoro investigation in April
Judge Robert Henney of the Western Cape High Court has reserved the verdict on the first part of Jiba's application for her return to Ramaphosa their position must be included in the NPA.
The application was heard on Thursday.
The Rules Subcommittee will meet again next month.
This would be to examine the definitions and some other issues that have emerged with respect to the removal of the public protector.
But members of the committee said they did not want the process dragging on for a long time.
They wanted this to happen soon, but needed to make sure there were no gaps in the process.