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Mkhwebane can investigate me, but that wouldn’t stop me from suspending her – Ramaphosa

Mkhwebane can investigate me, but that wouldn’t stop me from suspending her – Ramaphosa

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Mkhwebane can investigate me, but that wouldn’t stop me from suspending her – Ramaphosa—

President Cyril Ramaphosa says beleaguered Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s multiple alleged investigations against him cannot block him from exercising his constitutionally mandated power to suspend her – or remove her from office.

“Had this been the case the Public Protector could immunise herself against the processes in Section 194 of the Constitution [potential impeachment] by initiating investigations against organs of state or individuals that she considers to be a threat,” Ramaphosa stated in papers filed before the Western Cape High Court.

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“Properly construed, the Public Protector’s real complaint is that because she has or is investigating me for certain conduct while I hold the office of president [or held the position of deputy president], I may not exercise a constitutionally given power that vests in me as president. The challenge cannot succeed in circumstances where the Public Protector cannot even establish that there is a conflict of interest.”

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