Submission by Civil Society Organisations to the Justice and Correctional Services Portfolio Committee of the National Assembly

Removal from office of the Public Protector

This submission has been prepared by a group of diverse South African civil society organisations, representing a broad range of citizens and interests.  The names of the organisations are set out on the last page of this submission  –  it will be noted that political parties or organisations are not included in this group.

We are making this submission as a result of several recent court judgments on the activities of the Public Protector, Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane, which have demonstrated, beyond any doubt, that she is unfit for office and unable to fulfil the office’s defined functions in a lawful manner.  If she is not removed from office, we are gravely concerned at the potential further damage that will be inflicted on South Africa.

As a result, we are convinced that she has to be removed from office and that Parliament must take the necessary measures that are laid down in the Constitution for such a step.  This submission sets out the grounds for our conviction in this regard, as well as a proposal for the process to be followed by the Portfolio Committee on Justice & Correctional Services.

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