Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip, John Steenhuisen, has made a submission to Parliament’s Justice Committee of an inquiry into the Public Protector’s fitness to hold office, should be instituted.

Steenhuisen cited court judgments against Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane last year which found that she had grossly over reached her powers when she found that the mandate of the Reserve bank must be changed.

He also quoted an affidavit by the Speaker of the National Assembly that this order by Mkhwebane was unconstitutional and encroaches on Parliament’s exclusive domain.

Steenhuisen says this shows that the Public Protector does not understand the law or Constitution.

“I find it astounding that somebody in such an important office, Public Protector office, who is entrusted with the safe guarding of Constitution, would herself be so out of touch with even the most basic principle of separation of powers,” says Steenhuisen.