The Democratic Alliance (DA) said yesterday it cannot support the nomination of Busisiwe Mhkwebane as the country’s next Public Protector because of her recent employment with the State Security Agency.
A day before the National Assembly is expected to approve Mkhwebane’s appointment, DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach reiterated the party’s objections on the grounds that she offered no feasible explanation for leaving a post as a director at the Department of Home Affairs for a lower paid position as an analyst at the intelligence service.
“When asked in the interview why she had changed jobs for what is ostensibly a demotion, her reply was that she ‘was passionate about the Constitution’,” Breytenbach recalled.
The DA had also been cautioned that Mkhwebane’s earlier stint as an immigration officer in China was suspicious, “having been informed that this is simply coded language for being on the payroll of SSA”.
The office of the ANC chief whip said the DA’s objections to Mkhwebane, who won the support of other opposition parties, was “perplexing, irrational and constitutionally baseless”.
“With this process having been open and transparent throughout, the DA will find it difficult to pull the wool over the public’s eyes with its fabricated reasons for opposing the appointment of a capable, fit and proper African woman as the Public Protector,” the spokesman for the office, Moloto Mothapo, said.