Parliament’s Ad-hoc committee investigating whether Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is fit to hold office will convene its second meeting this morning.

Parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Services Unit will brief the committee on aspects of the inquiry. The committee held its first meeting last week during which the ANC’s Richard Dyantyi was elected chairperson.

The committee will today receive a legal briefing regarding the scope of its work.

It is also expected to work out its programme and identify possible witnesses to call. The rules stipulate that Mkhwebane has to be given an opportunity to be heard in her own defence.

The committee has the power to call any other persons it deems necessary in carrying out its work. In remarks shortly after he was elected, Dyantyi told members that he would like to see the committee work with speed without being unnecessarily hasty.

The 36-member committee also endorsed his remarks that they should conduct their work without any preconceived conclusions and base their findings on the facts in front of them.

Member of the committee from the Inkatha Freedom Party Zandile Majozi said last week, “Hopefully we will participate and forget about who comes from which organisation in order for us to be able to reach and make a mandate that is rightful, the Parliament is looking upon us as leaders of different organisations.”