Just days after ascending to the dignified seat of the Public Protector, our new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has switched the office’s TV news feed from eNCA to the Gupta-owned ANN7.
An anonymous insider in the PP office revealed this while speaking to reporters. According to the official, Mkhwebane instructed the Information Technology department in her Pretoria office to change the channel on Tuesday.
“She told the CEO she wants the TV channels changed to ANN7 and this was communicated to the IT [people] who were able to change it,” the insider said.
Prior to the personal touch, televisions in the three-storey building housing the public protector’s office aired just news feed from just one other channel.
No doubt, the Public Protector’s decision is not to be a big deal but at the same time, it raised thick dust among staff members. This is because ANN7 is owned by the Gupta family. The influential family, who are currently under investigation for alleged undue influence in Zuma-led government.
In addition to her personal touches, Mkhwebane also requested for the locks on her office door be changed, for “security reasons”.
Meanwhile, some staff members have expressed concern that Mkhwebane could likely push aside Madonsela’s achievement, instead of “complimenting” her legacy. Some of them, who vented their spleens feared she may not have the appetite for politically sensitive investigations.
This comes after Mkhwebane said during a press briefing on Thursday that she has not taken a position in the interdiction application by Zuma and Van Rooyen.
Mkhwebane also disclosed during the briefing that she has not gone through the report yet, as it is currently under lock and key.
Nevertheless, many believe her big, real test would be when she submits her responding affidavit to President Zuma and Des van Rooyen’s applications.