Busiswe Mkhwebane Removed By Parliament

It is the end of an era for Busiswe Mkhwebane, who has just been removed as public prosecutor after a while serving in that position for a while.

Before her removal, she was suspended from the position. Thus followed a series of legal battles, culminating in her removal by parliament.

Yesterday, Monday, September 11, the National Assembly voted 318 to 43 to remove Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office. Her removal came just weeks before the end of her tenure (middle of October).

When her removal was tabled before parliament, several opposition parties, including the United Democratic Movement (UDM), the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), African Transformation Movement (ATM) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) opposed it. However, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and other smaller political parties were able to gather enough votes to seal her exit as public prosecutor.

Following her suspension for misconduct, an inquiry was instituted which found her not only guilty od misconduct but also exposed other areas where she allegedly erred as well.

Qubudile Dyantyi, the ANC MP who chaired the investigation, hailed the inquiry as the most scupolous that the parliament has done since democracy was restored in 1994 after decades of oppressive apartheid rule.

It remains to be seen when Busiswe would appeal the parliament’s verdict.

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