“The determination that the motion complies with the rules does not imply that a decision has been made as to the required prima facie assessment, as the independent panel of experts is yet to be established. Parties have until Friday, February 7, to submit preferred nominees to constitute the panel,” he said.
Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday the ANC distanced itself from the views of its MP and former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo that Mkhwebane was doing a marvellous job and she should not be removed from office.
The party said in a statement that it noted the comments made by Mahumapelo around the motion tabled by the DA to initiate proceedings for the removal of Mkhwebane.
“Comrade Mahumapelo spoke in his personal capacity, and his views do not represent the organisation. It should be noted that the ANC has not yet discussed its position on the motion,” party spokesperson Pule Mabe said.
Speaking on Friday, Mahumapelo said Mkhwebane had done a sterling job and he did not believe anyone in the ANC would support her removal.
“It is not going to happen.” Mahumapelo used this line five times during a 13-minute address to journalists outside the Cape Town magistrate's court, while emphasising the point that the ANC could not support a “retrogressive” DA motion.
He accused the DA of seeking to divide the ANC in tabling the motion against Mkhwebane. Mahumapelo said by tabling the motion while not having the majority in parliament, the DA was hoping that some of the ANC's MPs would be tempted to support its motion.
“It's not going to happen and I thought we must make it very clear, it's not going to happen,” Mahumapelo said.
The ANC said they were yet to decide on the matter.