South Africa: Public Protector Inquiry - ANC, DA Agree They Get More Say in Impeachment Vote Because of Electoral Support

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The way is clear for Parliament's inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness for office after the rules committee on Wednesday dismissed a bid to rejig the voting system for the probe.

It was a case of "don't touch me on my electoral support" as the ANC and DA argued against changing who can and can't vote on the Section 194 committee inquiring into the impeachment of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

The Section 194 inquiry, named after the section in the Constitution on removing heads of Chapter 9 institutions, has 26 members. Eleven are voting members, all Members of Parliament -- six ANC, two DA and one each representing the EFF, IFP and FF+. The other 15 members representing all political parties can freely speak and participate, but not vote.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa was one of those 15 non-voting members, and in April he wrote to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to change that. All Section 194 inquiry committee MPs should have a vote "to promote fairness and democracy", he argued.

Modise asked Parliament's rules committee to consider this, and on Wednesday it met to do that. UDM chief whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa argued that all parties...

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