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South Africa: MPs vote to investigate Zuma era public protector Mkhwebane

By Anna Maree
Posted on Tuesday, 16 March 2021 17:50

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane listens during a briefing at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa 19 October 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

A hard-fought parliamentary vote on South Africa's public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane – the ombudsman who deals with complaints by regular people against institutions large and small – could cause further schisms in the governing African National Congress (ANC).

Members of parliament (MPs) have voted for an inquiry into the fitness of public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to hold office. An independent report commissioned by the Speaker of Parliament report said there was prima facie evidence of incompetence and misconduct.

Unlike Mkhwebane’s predecessor, Thuli Madonsela, whose reports contributed to former president Jacob Zuma’s ousting in 2018, Mkhwebane’s reports generally appear to favour Zuma’s allies. She has denied allegations that she is partial.