It was confirmed that the country’s Public Protector Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane visited President Jacob Zuma yesterday’s morning. The Presidency stressed that the visit wasn’t unusual saying the Public Protector merely paid a courtesy call on the President.
Adding that the visit was their first meeting since Mkhwebane was appointed South Africa’s Public Protector, the Presidency related that: “President Zuma congratulated Adv Mkhwebane on her appointment and pledged his and government’s support and cooperation as she fulfils her constitutional responsibilities”
“The President reiterated the importance of all Chapter 9 institutions in our constitutional democracy,” added the Presidency. It was further related that Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane thanked the President for the opportunity to meet and affirmed that she’s looking forward to constructive working relations with the government.
Not long past, the new Public Protector demanded of South Africans to quit calling her names like ‘Zuma’s protector’. She promised that she has no business protecting Zuma, that her job is to protect the people, and that she wouldn’t think twice about coming after Mr Zuma whenever his actions amount to misconduct.
Commenting on the insinuations that she’s Zuma’s protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane was quoted to have said: “I am here to defend and to implement the Constitution. And I need to categorically state, the Constitution provides for the rights of everyone. So, I am not here to protect one person. My role is to protect the public…I am not defending the president. If the president has committed misconduct or there is a service failure from the president, the president will be investigated.”
Meanwhile, the Military Ombud, Lt Gen (Ret) Temba Matanzima, and the Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane, held a bilateral meeting in Centurion yesterday.
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