Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane Picture: Reuters

Johannesburg - The DA wants Parliament to initiate removal proceedings against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane following fresh claims emerging that she had met with presidency and the State Security Agency, days before the release of her CIEX report. 
 
The details of the meeting between Mkhwebane, SSA and Zuma emerged in an affidavit filed by the SA Reserve Bank which accused Mkhwebane of conspiring to undermine the bank's mandate. 
 
Mkhwebane has confirmed that the meeting did take place and has denied that there was any untoward about the meeting. 
 
The CIEX report, which was released in June, had recommended that SARB's mandate be amended by Parliament, but that remedial action has since been set aside by the High Court. 
 
On Tuesday, following the emergence of the meeting between Mkhwebane and the presidency, the DA said it would write to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to request for removal proceedings. 
 
"The DA in the Committee will call for removal proceedings to be initiated urgently. In terms of Section 194 of the Constitution, the Portfolio Committee has the power to make a finding of “misconduct, incapacity, or incompetence” against the Public Protector. Thereafter, the National Assembly must adopt a resolution calling for removal, which requires a two-thirds majority," said the DA.

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