Ramaphosa on Mkhwebane’s probes into him: ‘She has to do her work’

Ramaphosa on Mkhwebane’s probes into him: ‘She has to do her work’

Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is reportedly gunning for President Cyril Ramaphosa once again, this time investigating two matters involving the country’s first citizen.

According to City Press, this was mentioned in Mkhwebane’s latest court bid to prevent Parliament from going ahead with the impeachment proceedings. Ramaphosa had given Mkhwebane 10 days to explain why he shouldn’t suspend her pending the process, which will take place in Parliament.

He then agreed to not suspend her, pending the court’s decision on her bid. The public protector maintains that the president cannot suspend her as he is conflicted. This is because he is the subject of some of her investigations.

RAMAPHOSA ON MKHWEBANE’S INVESTIGATIONS

When journalists asked President Cyril Ramaphosa what he made of the news of the public protector investigating him, he said: “The public protector has to do her work and I will do my work. So each one of us have our jobs and tasks to do – and we must do our work as best as we can, that’s all I can say on that”

It isn’t really clear what Mkhwebane is probing Ramaphosa for, but her office confirmed in January that it was looking into a complaint laid against him by suspended ANC MP Mervyn Dirks, who accuses Ramaphosa of breaching the Executive Code of Ethics.

This was in relation that leaked audio recording where Ramaphosa seemingly admits to knowing about public funds being used for the ANC’s leadership campaigns and can be heard saying he would rather fall on his sword over donations to his 2017 campaign for the ANC presidency – than have the public find out about the former.

Experts who have weighed in on the matter reckon Ramaphosa is well within his rights to suspend her, which leads one to assume he probably will, regardless of what she says