Former Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has made a surprising move by joining the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). During a media briefing in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga, on Monday, Mkhwebane announced her decision to join the political party.
Mkhwebane clarified that her decision was not driven by a desire for personal gain or positions within the party. Instead, she emphasized her commitment to protecting the poor and marginalized, a cause she championed during her tenure as the Public Protector.
Mkhwebane’s decision to align herself with the EFF comes just a month after her term as the country’s fourth Public Protector ended prematurely. Her tenure was marred by controversy, and she made history as the first head of a Chapter 9 institution to be impeached by Parliament.
While some may view Mkhwebane’s move as a surprising departure from her previous role, others see it as a natural progression in her pursuit of social justice. The EFF, known for its radical policies and commitment to economic transformation, aligns closely with Mkhwebane’s vision of protecting the poor and marginalized.
As the Public Protector, Mkhwebane faced criticism and backlash from various quarters. Her investigations into high-profile cases, such as the controversial state capture and the Bankorp bailout, drew both praise and criticism. Some hailed her as a fearless advocate for accountability, while others accused her of pursuing a political agenda.
Regardless of one’s opinion of Mkhwebane’s tenure as the Public Protector, her decision to join the EFF signals a new chapter in her career. By aligning herself with a political party, she now has the opportunity to directly influence policy and advocate for the causes she holds dear.
It remains to be seen how Mkhwebane’s affiliation with the EFF will impact her public image and reputation. The EFF’s controversial reputation and radical policies have garnered both support and criticism. Mkhwebane’s association with the party may further polarize public opinion.
However, Mkhwebane’s move also highlights the need for a robust and independent Public Protector’s office. The controversy surrounding her tenure has sparked debates about the role and powers of the Public Protector. It serves as a reminder of the importance of this institution in holding those in power accountable and protecting the rights of the most vulnerable.