Ramaphosa begins process to remove SA graft ombudsman

President Cyril Ramaphosa gave Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane 10 days to provide reasons why he shouldn’t suspend her.
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gave Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane 10 days to provide reasons why he shouldn’t suspend her, bringing to a head a four-year battle with the graft ombudsman.

The request comes after a parliamentary committee this week said it will proceed with a motion to impeach Mkhwebane on grounds of misconduct, incapacity and misconduct.

“It would therefore now be appropriate to consider whether or not you ought to be suspended pending finalization of the committee’s work,” Ramaphosa said in a March 17 letter to Mkhwebane, according to a statement distributed by the presidency on Friday.

Mkhwebane is consulting her legal advisers on the matter, she said in a statement.

Mkhwebane is seen to be an ally of former President Jacob Zuma and his supporters who oppose Ramaphosa’s rule. She’s been a thorn in Ramaphosa’s side since he came to power in 2018, instituting a probe into allegations that he misled lawmakers about a campaign donation and more recently one into an alleged breach of ethics by him, without providing details on the infringement. She denies being biased against the president.

South African courts have overturned several of Mkhwebane’s rulings, including her adverse findings on Ramaphosa’s campaign funding.

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The dream of every incompetent in Mzansi: suspended with full pay.

The mind boggles.

The biggest problem for a cadre who gets suspended with full pay is how to make use of your annual leave, sick leave, and compassionate leave. What do you do when you want to take unpaid leave? It is a real headache.

You have fought for your rights! You can’t just hand these benefits over to the employer and let him benefit from it and exploit you simply because you have done something terrible!

Jip — the trick is to have insider info on when your hearing will start – That is the time to take all of your 56 days leave and change cell numbers so they cannot get hold of you.
After 3 months when they realise you are around you take compassionate leave to assist the nephew’s aunt of a friend of yours daughter through he final path to the oblivion. — this obviously takes weeks !!

After the first disciplinary hearing you have to start the first of 7 series of sick leave terminating in doctors warning of the poor dying patient in 7 years time!!

That is how it is done in SA !!

As taxpayers, we are pained to see how long the incompetent stay in office…and even get paid on suspension.

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