“Mkhwebane’s impeachment marks end of chapter,” says Dyantyi

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Chairperson of the Section 194 Inquiry into advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office, Richard Dyantyi, says the outcomes of yesterday’s National Assembly vote in favour of the Public Protector’s impeachment marks the end of the chapter.
Dyanti made the remarks outside the National Assembly following the vote, which saw 318 MPs voting in favour of Mkhwebane’s axing, a move that makes her the first PP to be removed from office.
Forty three other Parliamentarians had wanted her to stay.

Political parties, who supported her removal, included the ANC, DA, FF+, and the ACDP, while the EFF, UDM, and ATM opposed the move.

Mkhwebane has previously indicated her intention to take the inquiry’s report, which had advocated for her removal, on review.

However, Dyanti says he remains confident that she won’t be successful in her bid to have the report set aside.

Dyantyi says he has no doubt that the impeachment process will forever be recorded in the nation’s history books, as a reminder to every person who performs a public function that they accountable for their actions.
The ANC MP says the report has explicitly showed that advocate Mkhwebane is not fit to hold office.
Dyantyi says while the Section 194 Committee’s investigation took a while, it was worth it. He believes that they did a thorough job that will be used by scholars and courts in future.
Mkhwebane’s assumed office in 2016 after Thuli Madonsela’s tenure ended.
Now, all eyes turn to the President who has to remove her as per the Constitution.
The historic move by the National Assembly comes a month before Mkhwebane’s non-renewable term of office ends.
The impeachment means Mkhwebane will leave office without a pension.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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