Former Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, ousted recently following a parliamentary impeachment inquiry, has disclosed that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are poised to prevent ministers from challenging the remedial actions of Chapter 9 institutions. This initiative is scheduled for review after the upcoming elections in the coming year.
Mkhwebane, who faced removal due to findings of misconduct and incompetence, expressed her belief in the necessity of this preventive measure to curb interference and maintain the integrity of the Public Protector’s office. The move follows a series of scathing court rulings, primarily linked to ministers and state institutions contesting or disregarding reports from the Public Protector.
The EFF, a champion of economic and social justice, has undertaken to tackle this issue, aiming to shield the authority of Chapter 9 institutions. Their commitment involves ensuring that ministers refrain from reviewing remedial actions, intending to fortify the Public Protector’s role in holding government officials accountable.
The removal of Mkhwebane underscores the urgency for reforms and safeguards to preserve the independence and effectiveness of Chapter 9 institutions. The impeachment process itself demonstrates the existence of mechanisms to hold public officials accountable for misconduct and incompetence.
As elections loom, the importance of preserving the integrity of institutions like the Public Protector becomes paramount. The EFF’s dedication to preventing the review of remedial actions is a significant stride towards reinforcing the accountability of those in power and upholding the mandate of Chapter 9 institutions.