African National Congress MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza says a panel that appointed Advocate Busiswe Mkhwebane as Public Protector could have never predicted how her tenure would unfold, and that there was no interference from the African National Congress.
Mkhwebane has been put in the spotlight after she pronounced an amendment to the Constitution which will effectively amount to ending the Reserve Bank's mandate of using interest rates to contain inflation.
The Public Protector this week, ordered the Special Investigating Unit to recover more than a billion rand from Absa bank paid as an illegal bailout by the Reserve Bank during apartheid.
Khoza who chaired Parliament's Public Protector ad hoc committee at the time of appointment, says she is taken aback by the PP's pronouncement.
I was really taken aback. Given the economic recession that we are in now, it is quite surprising to me that the public protector would make pronouncements that may result in thousands of jobs being lost as a result of these investments. It is bizarre really, I do not understand what she is doing in constitutional territory, that is not her space. That is the space of us as legislators.— Dr Makhosi Khoza, ANC MP
It was very irresponsible of her to make those kinds of pronouncements.— Dr Makhosi Khoza, ANC MP
Asked what motivated the committee's decision to appoint Mkhwebane, Khoza says it appeared she had a lot to offer and that the only objection was from the Democratic Alliance, after the fact.
She explains that their first choice was Judge Siraj Desai.
We had Judge Desai, he came to the interviews and he didn't do as well as we expected him to, as a result it was very difficult to convince other parties.— Dr Makhosi Khoza, ANC MP
The only time that there was any kind of objection was from the DA much later in the process, they raised the concern that she is associated with the state security...There was definitely no interference at that level, the interviews were transparent. All the parties were happy, in fact even the DA only raised the concern when she was appointed.— Dr Makhosi Khoza, ANC MP
Ultimately it us up to that individual who gets to be nominated... its up to that persons moral compass, it is very difficult to know how this persons will behave, who will influence this person, we can't predict it, we couldn't predict it.— Dr Makhosi Khoza, ANC MP
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