Case postponed due to ‘unfortunate development’

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s urgent high court case to interdict the possible suspension and impeachment process against her was postponed. The postponement occurred on Tuesday, 26 April, and was done due to an ‘unfortunate development’.

Parties agree to postpone Mkhwebane’s case due to ‘unfortunate development’

The ‘unfortunate development’ is related to Mkhwebane’s Constitutional Court litigation. The hearing, which was supposed to run from Tuesday to Wednesday, was meant to be held at the Western Cape High Court.

Mkhebane’s counsel, Dali Mpofu SC stated that the parties agreed to postpone it. He shared that this was decided upon to ‘seek clarity’ over the ‘unfortunate development’. This is reportedly related to the P’s application to rescind a judgement by the ConCourt. The judgement is with regard to paving a way for Parliament to continue with its impeachment against her.

Mkhwebane applied to the ConCourt to reverse or rescind said judgement. She said it has patent errors. However, the ConCourt has not given a judgement or directions in the application. 

In the interim, Mkhwebane made her way to the High Court in Cape Town. There, she requested an interim interdict to stop Parliament from going ahead until the ConCourt made a decision.

Details around the development are scarce

She also wants the High Court to order that she not be suspended by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Mpofu did not provide any further information about the ‘unfortunate development’.

TimesLIVE reports that the three judges who were meant to hear the case and counsel had been in discussion about the development since 25 April.

Details surrounding the ‘unfortunate development’ have not been made clear. Photo: amr amr / Flickr

PP has her work, I have my work – Ramaphosa on Mkhwebane’s probes

President Cyril Ramaphosa has cryptically shown where he stands with the investigations into him. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane launched two new investigations into Ramaphosa, who doesn’t seem too fazed by it.

On Sunday, 3 April, Ramaphosa shared that the embattled PP has her work and he has his own. The President was delivering the closing address at his party’s elective conference in Mpumalanga.

“The Public Protector has to do her work and I will do my work. Each one of us have our tasks and jobs to do and we must do our work as best as possible as we can,” said President Ramaphosa.

Mkhwebane, on the other hand, has been trying to interdict Parliament. She is attempting to stop proceedings for impeachment against her. She recently revealed that she has three ongoing investigations against President Ramaphosa. Read the full story here.

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