…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media.
Suspended Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is determined to fight her suspension until the end, even with only three months left in office.
In a recent application, Mkhwebane, represented by Advocate Dali Mpofu, has requested the recusal of Section 194 Committee Chairperson Richard Dyantyi.
The grounds for recusal stem from Dyantyi’s alleged involvement in a bribery scandal.
Implications of Dyantyi’s Implication in a Bribery Scandal
Advocate Dali Mpofu’s application highlights that various political parties, including the EFF, ATM, and UDM, have also called for Dyantyi’s recusal.
Dyantyi, along with ANC Chief Whip Penny Majodina and the late ANC MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has been accused of attempting to extort R600,000 from Mkhwebane’s husband. The alleged purpose of the bribe was to influence a favorable outcome in the inquiry.
Biased Proceedings and Inherent Unfairness
The application emphasizes that Mkhwebane’s legal team has repeatedly warned the Committee about the biased and unfair nature of the proceedings.
It is alleged that the majority of the members, composed of the ANC and the DA, had a predetermined outcome.
The application further asserts that the ANC Chief Whip, Penny Majodina, who is implicated in the extortion allegations, appears to remotely control the proceedings.
Grounds for Recusal Outlined
Advocate Dali Mpofu lists seven grounds for Dyantyi’s recusal in the application.
These include allegations of bribery, corruption, and extortion, as well as Dyantyi’s involvement in a pending Parliamentary Ethics Committee investigation and a police investigation.
Disparaging media statements and interviews, the continuation of proceedings despite Mkhwebane’s lack of legal representation, the role of Tina Joemat-Pettersson as a committee member, and the role of Penny Majodina as ANC Chief Whip are also highlighted.
Continuing Legal Battle for Mkhwebane
Despite her suspension and limited time remaining in office, Busisiwe Mkhwebane remains committed to challenging her suspension and fighting for a fair process.
The application to recuse Richard Dyantyi is just one step in her ongoing legal battle.
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