MKHWEBANE INQUIRY: Mpofu Warns About Ramaphosa’s Failure to Testify

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Dali Mpofu, the counsel for suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, said it would be to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s prejudice if he refused to participate in her impeachment hearing.

Mpofu stated that Ramaphosa must react to charges that Mkhwebane probed his CR17 African National Congress presidential campaign with a political motivation.

He stated that if the president does not appear, the committee will have to accept Mkhwebane’s explanation for why she believes she is within her jurisdiction to investigate the subject. Mkhwebane’s legal team has stated that they want Ramaphosa to testify from the beginning of the investigation.


When Ramaphosa earlier stated that he does not believe it is appropriate, Mpofu sought the committee to subpoena him, but the motion was denied.
Mpofu also stated that Ramaphosa must explain comments made against Mkhwebane regarding the CR17 probe.
“Mr Ramaphosa, if he knows what’s best for him, will contest those. We attempted to provide him with the opportunity. However, if he does not [testify], the PP’s [Public Protector’s] evidence must be accepted as uncontested.”
Mpofu stated that Mkhwebane will defend her decision to investigate the CR17 campaign, despite the fact that the high court ruled that the matter was outside of her investigative scope.
“Unlike the current one of Phala Phala, which is ostensibly a public activity but is actually a private one. But I digress once more.”
Mpofu stated that he will demonstrate that Mkwhebane was only doing her job and was not acting on a personal vendetta.

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