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Mkhwebane's overstepped her mandate on Zille ruling: civil rights body

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WEB_PHOTO_BUSISIWE_MKHWEBANE_1_29112017: South Africa's Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane poses in her office after a press briefing releasing reports on various investigations on June 19, 2017 in Pretoria. © Phill Magakoe / AFP South Africa's Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane poses in her office after a press briefing releasing reports on various investigations on June 19, 2017 in Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG - The Centre for Constitutional Rights says Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has overstepped her mandate.

This follows her suggested remedial action on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's colonialism tweet.

"I would share the sentiment that she would have appeared to have overreached and that she probably doesn’t understand the exact powers of the office," said Phephelaphi Dube, director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights:

"It would appear as if at best it’s an overreach of her powers and at worst it’s really a simple incomprehension of the law and the constitution in this regard."

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