From OB to MP: Mkhwebane sworn in

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The dismissed Public Protector (OB) adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane was sworn in as an EFF Member of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly on Friday.

Mkhwebane announced on Monday that she had joined this party – the very party whose leader once called her a Gupta puppet straight from the Guptas’ kitchen.

This is the first time that Mkhwebane belongs to a political party.

Virgil Gericke of the Local Concerned Residents (PBI) of Pacaltsdorp in George was also sworn in as EFF MP during the event.

Mkhwebane later told reporters that she was going to challenge the process during which she was removed as OB in parliament in court.

“I’m ready for them… I’m here and I’ll make sure that not even my worst enemy goes through what I went through. There is fairness. It is a constitutional state and it will come first.”

RNews earlier reported that Mkhwebane received a dismissal letter from pres. Cyril Ramaphosa received after the majority of the members of parliament voted that she should be removed from her office.

A total of 318 members of parliament, including from the ANC, DA, IVP, FF Plus, ACDP and NFP, voted in favor of Mkhwebane’s removal from office. A total of 43 members of parliament, including MPs from the EFF, voted against it. One MP abstained.

The vote follows after the committee for the section 194 investigation into Mkwhebane’s suitability to hold office finally found that she was guilty of misconduct and was incompetent.

Mkhwebane now replaces Thembi Portia Msane as EFF MP after Msane was appointed as mayor’s committee member for water, sanitation and energy in Ekurhuleni.