Removal of a public protector a 'double-edged sword', says Steenhuisen

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- timeslive.co.za | a week ago

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, who tabled his own proposed draft rule, emphasised the need for due process in the removal of a head of a Chapter 9 institution, particularly the public protector, saying it was a process that should not be entered into lightly.

This was particularly because of the history of the public protector's office in the country and the possibility that, from time to time, that office would make rulings and findings whose consequences may have serious impact on the government and could well be negative for the government. “So, it shouldn't be easy to simply by a majority vote remove a public protector from office because it is a double-edged sword.

A malevolent government could use the procedure to remove a public protector who is actually doing the job in terms of the constitution,” he warned.

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