Johannesburg – Public patron Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she did not deliberately throw the Parliament's portfolio committee meeting, but was told she did not have to be present.
The Public Protector is also not pleased that her submission to Parliament's justice and correctional services committee has been leaked to the media.
Mkhwebane would be present at the meeting of Parliament's Justice and Correctional Services portfolio, which would discuss her reaction to DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen on Tuesday.
Steenhuisen had requested an acceleration of the process to remove Mkhwebane from the office.
The public protector sent a written response to the committee in July and had made plans to attend the committee meeting to which she had been invited by committee chairman Mothole Motshekga.
She said that she was told Tuesday that she was not obliged to attend the meeting and that she had not consciously made the decision not to take part.
Mkhwebane said she was surprised by reports in the media that claim that she has ignored the meeting and chose to submit a letter. Since then, she has demanded an apology from media companies who claimed to have missed the meeting.
"On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, on the eve of the meeting, the secretary of the Adv.Mkhwebane & # 39; s office inquired in a text message and an e-mail that she was not required to attend the meeting and that the committee would discuss the content of her submission during her absence and decide on the next step ", said her office Wednesday in a statement afternoon. "
"Adv. Mkhwebane advocates media houses that have spread false information on this issue to verify facts before they become public. She also requests the media companies concerned to withdraw their reports and to apologize for the damage caused. "
She said she would write Motshekga that her entry was leaked to the media.
This argument caused some controversy among the committee members, because she thought that the committee had insufficient reasons to dismiss her from her position.
She also asked that some members of the committee reuse themselves because they were biased against her office.
According to her, Mkhwebane claimed that her office was treated unfairly in comparison with the way judges were treated by Parliament, while the Constitution guaranteed the independence of both the courts and the institution in Chapter 9.