The Public Protector's request for additional funding has been perennial over the past decade. It's never been supported. But what has changed is the political lie of the land -- Busisiwe Mkhwebane received the unreserved adulation of the EFF on Wednesday, with her action against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan writ large.
Maybe it was the solidarity of red. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was draped in a deep red top with the odd fluffy tassel, while the EFF MPs sat opposite in their red overalls.
Maybe it was a coming together of purpose. The EFF has not minced its words over Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Its members walked out during his contribution to the June parliamentary debate on the State of the Nation Address, while the Public Protector has referred her report -- that found Gordhan, as South African Revenue Service (SARS) boss in 2007, had unlawfully established the so-called rogue unit -- to the SAPS and prosecution service for investigation of criminal charges.
In the typical snipe-and-run tactics of the EFF, its national spokesperson and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi turned on fellow MPs, from the DA to the ANC. He slated them for "abuse of power" for questioning the...