Johannesburg – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has come out with guns blazing against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, accusing her of destroying her office.
The EFF said it regretted its decision to back Mkhwebane for the job last year and saying they are working on a plan to remove her from office.
EFF leader Julius Malema said on Monday they should have listened when they were warned that Mkhwebane was planted by the ANC.
They had chosen to give her a chance, but the public protector’s actions seemed to confirm the accusations against her, he said.
The DA raised the issue of a spy when Mkhwebane was interviewed by Parliament last year, but Malema said they were giving her the benefit of the doubt.
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On Monday during a media conference, Eff leader Julius Malema said that supporting Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to become South Africa’s Public Protector was a terrible mistake. He further added that, “from today we must stop calling Busi public protector we must call her State Protector”.
Malema said they were looking into plans to rescue the office of the public protector and remove Mkhwebane, adding that Mkhwebane had failed to defend the office of the public protector.
“We must stop calling her the public protector and start calling her the state protector,” Malema said.
He added that the EFF was waiting for the DA to take Mkhwebane to court to prove its suspicions.
He further on said that the EFF regrets supporting Mkhwebane’s appointment to the office in the first place and that it had taken a puppet from the Guptas’ kitchen and decided to give it a chance.
The EFF also said it rejected what it termed disingenuous political campaigns such as the “Absa Pay Back the Money” forum, which it said was a Gupta and state security-sponsored campaign aimed at saving the “kleptocratic status quo”.
In case you missed what happened on Twitter:
Malema: We didn’t know what we were doing. We regret it. South Africa we regret it. That woman will collapse that office. #EFFpresser
— Bulelani Phillip (@BulelaniPhillip) January 23, 2017
Julius Malema just confirmed that EFF is the Public Protector of South Africa while Busisiwe Mkhwebane is the State Protector #EFFPresser
— IG:AdvBarryRoux (@Barry_Roux) January 23, 2017
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 23, 2017
— Katleho MK 🇿🇦 (@KatlehoMK) January 23, 2017
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