The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African Transformation Movement (ATM) have expressed their opposition to Parliament’s decision to continue with the inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.
The announcement that the Section 194 investigation will go ahead was made on Tuesday despite Mkhwebane’s application to the Constitutional Court to reconsider its earlier decision which paved the way for the inquiry to be resumed.
Parliament’s legal adviser Siviwe Njikela told the committee that Mkhwebane had sent a letter threatening to interdict Parliament from going ahead with the investigation but that it had not yet been received.
“From our reading of the correspondence that we have obtained, the Public Protector seems to be saying after today’s meeting, depending on what the committee decides to do-they may file an urgent application to interdict the inquiry that the committee intends to proceed with. And we have no difficulty with that.”
Malema supported by Zungula had this to say, “I think that if we want this process to be a respectable process and that we are not projected as persuading certain agendas except to arrive at what is really an objective of this committee, surely the most acceptable thing to do will be to give the Constitutional Court process a chance to proceed with the hope that the Constitutional Court will resolve this matter quickly. And once that is done, we can proceed. We are really not in a hurry to arrive at achieving justice.”
VIDEO: Committee for Section 194 Inquiry meets on Public Protector’s fitness to hold office