National 6.9.2016 03:05 pm

DA’s opposition to Mkhwebane’s candidacy ‘irrational’ – ANC

Stone Sizani and ANC Spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, address the media in Parliament, on March 26, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa. The ANC leadership critisized the Public Protector's report. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Leanne Stander)

Stone Sizani and ANC Spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, address the media in Parliament, on March 26, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa. The ANC leadership critisized the Public Protector's report. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Leanne Stander)

The party says it is clear the ‘DA’s opposition has more to do with narrow political preferences than Mkhwebane’s qualification for office’.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Parliamentary debate on the nomination of Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane for public protector, the ANC has expressed its support for her appointment.

“The African National Congress in Parliament will tomorrow vote in support of the appointment of Advocate Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane to the position of the public protector when the matter is tabled before the sitting of the National Assembly for a decision,” ANC chief whip Moloto Mothapo said in a statement.

“The parliamentary ad-hoc committee established to nominate a person for appointment as public protector has proposed Advocate Mkhwebane to succeed the current incumbent Advocate Thuli Madonsela, whose 7-year nonrenewable term expires on October 2016.”

The party based its support for Mkhwebane on “her excellent credentials, which meet all the constitutional and legal requirements for the position”.

“She is a fit and proper person as prescribed by the law, a brilliant legal mind, a highly experienced manager and has displayed remarkable depth and understanding of the issues pertaining to the office of the public protector during the ad-hoc committee interviews.

“The ANC went into the parliamentary selection process with no preferred candidate, with an open mind and ready to afford every candidate a fair and equal opportunity to prove to the nation their fitness for the office,” Mothapo said.

“We worked cooperatively with all the parties, guarded against narrow political interest and uncompromisingly endeavoured for a fit and proper person who will inspire the confidence and trust of the people.”

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It described the DA’s opposition to Mkhwebane’s candidacy as “perplexing, irrational and constitutionally baseless”.

“… But it also runs counter to the popular view expressed by the public on various platforms.

“It is unfortunate that while all other parties approached the selection process in good faith, the DA went into the ad-hoc committee with a narrow political agenda to advance a predetermined conclusion.

“With this process having been open and transparent throughout, the DA will find it difficult to pull the wool over the public’s eyes with its fabricated reasons for opposing the appointment of a capable, fit and proper African woman as the public protector.”

The ANC in parliament charged that it was clear the “DA’s opposition has more to do with narrow political preferences than Mkhwebane’s qualification for office”.

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