Tuesday, 27 August 2019 13:28

The justice committee in parliament has taken a resolution to ask the National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise to instruct the assembly's rules committee to urgently draft rules on how to remove the public protector and other heads of Chapter 9 institutions.

The MP'S have agreed to refer the process for removal of the public protector to the rules committee for urgent resolution.

Committee chair Bulelani Magwanishe told MPs of the decision of the programme committee which met last week and agreed that rules needed to be developed to effect processes in terms of section 194 (1) of the constitution. That section provides for the removal of the public protector, auditor-general or a member of any commission established under chapter 9 of the constitution.

Currently, Parliament does not have rules in place to deal with such matter.

There have been growing calls from civil society organisations and political parties to remove the current Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office.

The committee also discussed the appointment process of the Deputy Public Protector and it has resolved that candidates should be a practicing attorney or an attorney for at least 10 years or qualified to be admitted and lectured at a law university for at least 10 years.

The candidate should be a South African citizen and there should be public participation.