Richard Dianti insisted there is no pre-determined outcome of the process to determine Mkhwebane’s suitability for office.
FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Photo: Abigail Javier/EWN
CAPE TOWN – Parliamentary Inquiry Section 194 chairman Richard Dianti said on Friday he was not prejudiced against suspended public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
He insisted that there is no pre-determined outcome of the process that determines Mkhwebane’s suitability for office.
Earlier on Friday, her lawyer said he was considering asking Diantia to recuse herself following steps taken by parliament following Mkhwebane’s latest failed application to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.
Dianti said he did not believe Parliament had done anything wrong by going to the Western Cape High Court this week. He said this was because the public defender argued in her pending delay case that the Constitutional Court case was relevant to the legality of the investigation.
“I do not believe that the submission of the affidavit or my further participation in the legal proceedings initiated by the PP itself constitute any kind of bias,” Dzyanty said.
Dianthi said the parliamentary affidavit was only intended to address factual legal issues and not Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office. “I have made every effort throughout this process to ensure that this process will be fair, and I have reiterated many times that there is no predetermined outcome in this matter. We conduct it in an informative, educational form,” Dzantiy clarified.
Mkhwebane’s lawyer, Dali Mpofu, responded by saying that while he would not oppose Parliament’s latest affidavit, he would instead present his own explanation.