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Parliament Resumes Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s Impeachment Inquiry

For suspended public prosecutor Busisiwe Mkhwebane, it is not yet uhuru as parliament resumes on Monday and begins inquiry into her suspension.

The inquiry was on break for two weeks because both the presidency and the opposition Democratic Alliance were in Constitutional Court to challenge the decision of the High Court overturning her suspension.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane served as the fourth public prosecutor in South Africa, between 2016 and 2022, when she lost her position. Her impeachment procedure has dragged on for several months, with no closure in sight just yet.

The plan to impeach her, though, dates back to 2017, when the Democratic Alliance made a request for her removal on the basis of section 194. It also cited her incompetence, misconduct, and other factors.

After moving ahead in fits and starts, the impeachment inquiry had resumed in parliament. Mkhwebane had applied for the evidence leaders’ removal. However, the Section 194 Committee rejected the application, which means that the evidence leader will still be on the beat as the case drags on.

While the committee has heard the testimony of twenty witnesses with respect to the charges brought against the public prosecutor. It is yet to hear Busiswe herself. But that should begin following the resumption.

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