Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Friday confirmed that she furnished President Cyril Ramaphosa with reasons why suspending her was “neither due nor lawful”.
Earlier, the Presidency said President Ramaphosa “has received representations from the Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, in response to the president asking Adv Mkhwebane to provide him with reasons why he should not suspend her in terms of Section 194(3)(a) of the Constitution.”
However, Advocate Mkhwebane said her response “was sent under protest”.
“She reserves her rights in this regard,” said Oupa Segalwe, spokesperson for the public protector.
MKhwebane has sought the intervention of the Western Cape High Court to halt her impeachment by Parliament because she says it is “unconstitutional and unlawful”.
Mkhwebane also says Ramaphosa is conflicted because of “the multiple public protector investigations” in which Segalwe said the president was “heavily implicated”.
“She is of the view that any suspension before the finalisation of these processes would undermine the independence of the judiciary and amount to or border on the criminal offence of contempt of court,” said Segalwe.