South African Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s attempt to quash Parliament’s rules for the removal of a Chapter 9 head, such as herself, got under way in the Western Cape High Court on Monday, with her legal counsel, advocate Dali Mpofu saying Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise “showed all the signs of standing with the DA”. Starting his argument, Mpofu said the central question in the case was whether the National Assembly’s rules were consistent with the Constitution, insisting that the “case is not about the guilt of the Public Protector”, nor was it, he said, relevant to the court proceedings at which stage the impeachment proceedings against Mkhwebane are.