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By Nkululeko Ncana and Mike Cohen
Mkhwebane said rules adopted by the legislature that set out the process for her removal were unlawful and unconstitutional, and didn’t allow for people who had conflicting interests to recuse themselves. While she said she hoped to resolve the matter amicably, she didn’t rule out a court challenge if the probe goes ahead.
“I am a law-abiding citizen,” Mkhwebane told reporters Tuesday in Pretoria, the capital. “I have nothing to hide.”
Appointed as Public Protector for a seven-year term in 2016, Mkhwebane has been accused of taking sides in factional battles within the ruling party – an allegation she denies.
The courts have overturned several of her rulings and rebuked her for failing to stick to her constitutional mandate. Her removal would be a major boost for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who she has probed in connection with allegedly illicit campaign contributions. He denies wrongdoing.
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