The rules stipulate that the panel must collectively have the necessary legal and other competencies and experience to conduct the assessment. A judge may be appointed to the panel but the speaker must make such an appointment in consultation with the Chief Justice.
Parliament said political parties have until February 7 to submit their recommended nominees, after which a panel will be appointed. Within 30 days of its appointment, the panel must conduct and finalise a preliminary assessment on the motion proposing a section 194 inquiry and make a recommendation to the speaker.
DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone wrote to Modise on December 6, three days after the new rules were adopted, launching a new request for Mkhwebane's removal.
The party never supported Mkhwebane's appointment and accused her of being a spy.
“She has time and again proven that she is unfit to hold office, has consistently demonstrated an inability to conduct her work independently and has illustrated a poor understanding both of the law as well as of her mandate as public protector.
“Worse, Mkhwebane’s actions have caused immeasurable damage to the once respected reputation of the Office of the Public Protector,” said Mazzone in her request last month.
Mkhwebane has previously said she was not deterred by the calls for her removal and that she believed she would complete her seven-year term of office.