Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane intends to tackle head-on those who want her removed as Public Protector.

This comes as Parliament has discussed and initiated proceedings aimed at removing her from office as well as re-evaluating section 194 of the Constitution which deals with the removal of the heads of Chapter Nine institutions, says a report in The Mercury.

Mkhwebane yesterday said she would be filing papers in court in the next few weeks over a complaint lodged by Accountability Now in August.

The anti-corruption group, led by Paul Hoffman, laid charges of perjury and defeating the ends of justice against Mkhwebane and has filed a court application seeking an order to declare her unfit for office.

The matter stems from the Constitutional Court ruling which criticised her handling of the Absa/Bankorp probe.

‘We are opposing (the matter) and are going to be filing our papers soon,’ Mkhwebane said yesterday.

Fielding questions on Parliament’s bid to remove her from office, Mkhwebane said: ‘I have not been contacted. I’m only reading it through the news like yourselves. So we will respond if I’m given an opportunity.’

Full report in The Mercury (subscription needed)