Parliament - Parliament's portfolio committee on justice on Wednesday decided to hold off on an investigation into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office, leading the Democratic Alliance to accuse it of failing in its oversight duty.
The committee voted by five to one in favour of a proposal from African National Congress MP Moloko Maila to wait, at least until the Pretoria High Court has pronounced on an application to have Mkhwebane's report on the Vrede dairy farm in the Free State declared unconstitutional and set aside.
The Economic Freedom Fighters abstained from the vote, with MP Thilivhali Mulaudzi, saying he needed to consult with his party's chief whip. James Selfe from the DA voted against the proposal.
The court application on the Vrede dairy farm was brought by the DA and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac). The parties argued in October that Mkhwebane had not acted prudently in her probe and had failed to investigate senior politicians implicated in corruption and money-laundering that sank the agriculture project.
The DA has for months pushed for the committee to start proceedings to remove Mkhwebane, citing her poor record and notably the scathing court findings on her report on the Absa/Bankorp matter.