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Ramaphosa’s weapon pending in his war with Busisiwe Mkhwebane

The National Assembly's decision to continue the formal inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness for office is a big move forward. While much of the attention has been focused on the ANC's power balance, it is drawing closer the period when the president could theoretically suspend her from office, making her authority null and void even before she is officially removed.

Although not all ANC MPs were present, it does indicate that Mahumapelo and probably others have not dared to openly defy the ANC caucus' instructions. It's possible that this was a calculated step.

The president may "suspend a person from office at any time after the start of the proceedings of a committee for the national assembly for the removal of that person," according to Section 194 (3) (a) of the Constitution.

This ensures that President Cyril Ramaphosa has the full authority to suspend Mkhwebane as soon as the committee meets.

Mkhwebane, on the other hand, could be feeling the strain. She's on sabbatical, which may indicate that she's finding life outside of the workplace simpler than life inside.


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ANC Busisiwe Cyril Ramaphosa Mahumapelo National Assembly


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