Friday, 24 January 2020 19:18

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has approved a motion by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to start removal proceedings against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone had lodged the motion with the Modise's office three days after the rules were adopted on December 3.

"The new rules expand on the broad parameters in section 194 of the Constitution (which provides for the removal of heads of chapter 9 institutions) and previous National Assembly Rules," a Parliamentary statement reads.

According to the statement, these rules now open the door for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's to face a jury of her peers.

"The office of National Assembly Speaker Ms Thandi Modise has approved a motion received from the Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance requesting that Parliament initiate proceedings for removal of Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

"The Democratic Alliance’s draft substantive motion for the removal of Advocate Mkhwebane will thus be considered in terms of these new Rules."

Modise gave the parties until February 7 to nominate people for the panel, after which she will appoint it herself.

The rules do not oblige the speaker to inform the relevant head of a Chapter 9 institution of the proceedings at this stage.