Parliamentary inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office expected to resume – My Crush Live News

Parliament’s Section 194 inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office will resume with the cross-examination of witness Sphelo Samuel on Thursday morning.

The hearing had to be adjourned earlier on Wednesday afternoon after the panel stressed that Samuel had health problems and needed support.

During the hearing, Samuel gave extensive evidence about, among other things, the Vrede dairies investigation in which he was involved.

Samuel is the provincial head of the Office of the Public Protector in the Free State. He was reinstated last month after successfully challenging his dismissal at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Just before Mkhwebane’s legal representative Dali Mpofu could begin his cross-examination on Wednesday afternoon, committee chairman Richard Dyanti announced that the session was adjourned to Thursday.

Mpofu is expected to question Samuel from 10am on Thursday morning on the various issues raised in his testimony.

These include his claims that Mkhwebane instructed him not to draw adverse inferences against politicians who should be held accountable for Vrede Dairy’s wrongdoings.

He is also expected to be cross-examined on various statements he gave, including his claim that Mkhwebane refused to issue subpoenas to politicians who did not cooperate with the Wrede dairy investigation.

In the video below, journalist Lulama Matya reports that Sphelo Samuel was previously suspended after writing to Parliament in 2020 asking for an investigation into Mkhwebane:

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