National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says that the Public Protector’s call for changes to be made to the South African Reserve Bank’s mandate encroaches on Parliament’s territory.
Busiswe Mkhwebane has suggested that changes be made to the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy which focuses on inflation targeting.
She’s also ordered the Special Investigating Unit to recover more than a billion rand from Absa for the apartheid era Bankorp bailout.
The central bank, along with Parliament, is challenging her recommendations in court.
In an affidavit filed on Friday, Mbete has requested that she and the chairperson of the Justice and Correctional Services Portfolio Committee be allowed to join the court case.
Parliament’s Moloto Mothapo said: “The amendment requires it to consult directly with Parliament on the performance of its function, meaning that Parliament assumes an executive role in the violation of the doctrine of the separation of powers.”