Wait, that’s a lie. It’s just you.
The final nails are being hammered into the coffin of our, let’s face it, awful FORMER public protector.
Following her long overdue suspension last month, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s attempts to stave off her impending impeachment has fallen apart without access to her office’s resources. Resources made possible by us, the taxpayer, we might add.
Her successor, Kholeka Gcaleka, said earlier this month that the Office of the Public Protector will fund Mkhwebane’s challenge to her impeachment. But it won’t be funding her suspension challenge at the Western Cape High Court.
Gcaleka is her former deputy, BTW. “Et tu, Brute,” we heard our favourite serial litigator say. Mkhwebane’s impeachment proceedings kicked off on Monday this week.
There isn’t much solace for the former spy agency employee. Although her ex-colleagues will still finance her defence for the proceedings in Parliament she’s likely to be booted out of office when the process wraps up, given at least eight of her reports were so legally dodgy they were overturned in courts – making her personally liable for some costs. Askies, Advocate Mkhwebane, coughing up all that money in these tough economic times! 😆
Expect to see live updates from the hearings, on every weekday till 3 August. The committee is expected to finalise its work at the end of September.
Mkhwebane has, unsurprisingly, landed serial defender of the dodgy, former EFF national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu, to represent her during the proceedings. But it’s not going well, if the first few days are anything to go by. Mpofu said on Monday that his client has been unable to open her emails since her suspension, which has made it difficult for him to prepare for the hearing. Is he making excuses already? Mpofu has lost a few high-profile cases in recent times.
It’s worth remembering that the Office of the Public Protector is not actually in the business of fighting high-profile political battles. It’s supposed to be where ordinary Joes like you and me go when we get bad service from the government. Pity Mkhwebane failed spectacularly at the fundamentals. Let’s hope her successor does better.