An anonymous text message sent to one of the lawyers was the reason behind the last-minute postponement in the court case by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to interdict her impeachment process and possible suspension.
The hearing was supposed to take place over a two-day period at the Western Cape High Court. After an hour of waiting Dali Mpofu, the representative of Mkhwebane, told the court that the two parties had an agreement to postpone to case to “seek clarity” over “an unfortunate development”, relating to Mkhwebane’s application to the highest court in the land (constitutional court) to have reverse its judgement that has paved way for her impeachment.
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After Parliament’s Section 194 decided to move ahead with Mkhwebane’s impeachment, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote to the public protector and gave her 10 days to give reason why she should not be suspended. Mkhwebane through her lawyers responded to the president saying that he had no right to suspend her as he is “conflicted” and there are “damning findings” against him in the CR17 campaign.
Advocate Dali Mpofu, the representative of Mkhwebane, said there was an “unfortunate incident”, but did not disclose what that was and what the anonymous text said. Parties in court besides the DA agreed to postpone the matter to 18 and 19 May. Advocate Stephen Budlender said the DA did not support the postponement as there was no valuable basis for it and would lead to a delay in the case.
Source: News24, Times Live, image from News24 of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane