Political parties have welcomed the resumption of the Ad-Hoc committee that will investigate charges of misconduct and incompetence against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

The 36-member committee has held its first meeting where Qubudile Richard Dyantyi was elected chairperson.

Members committed themselves to adhere to a fair process and that they will base their decisions on the facts placed in front of them.

Member of the committee from the Inkatha Freedom Party Zandile Majozi says, “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.”

Democracy In Action brings new argument against rules governing Chapter Nine institutions

The challenge to the rules of the National Assembly by which heads of Chapter Nine institutions can be removed from office has entered a new phase.

Following a challenge by the Public Protector which was heard in June, the Western Cape High Court has started hearing a challenge by the group, Democracy In Action (DIA).

The DIA has introduced a new challenge that was not raised by the Public Protector. They say the new rules are unconstitutional because they did not involve public participation.

The DIA has been openly supporting the Public Protector in her legal troubles. The organisation has already raised thousands of rands to help her cover some of the personal costs imposed by courts.

Their legal representative, Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana, says the making of the rules is a lawmaking process and should, therefore, have been canvassed with a wide range of South Africans.

DIA is arguing that Parliament has no power to pass the rule: