“It seems that the Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is dancing to Jacob Zuma’s tune and acting on his behalf to undo the valuable work done by her predecessor, Adv Thuli Madonsela,” laments the Democratic Alliance (DA) party.
The opposition party thinks it’s uncool for the new Public Protector to lay criminal charges against her predecessor over the realeas of recordings related to the state capture investigations.
“Mkhwebane has laid criminal charges against Madonsela in relation to the release of a recording that exposed Zuma’s repeated lies about not being given an opportunity to respond to allegations of state capture against him.
“While Zuma has every right to lodge a grievance with the PP, it is telling that Ms Mkhwebane jumped straight to criminal charges, without conducting any further investigation,” DA wailed.
DA acknowledged that President Zuma has the right to lay criminal charges against Madaonsela if he feels aggrieved. But then, argued that it’s disturbing for the President to rely on Mkhwebane to do so.
“That she did so speaks to a general attitude and pre-disposition to protect and act in the interest of Zuma, and not in the interests of the people of South Africa.
“This latest action only adds to an ever increasing list of worrying acts, including changing all the locks at the PP offices and redeploying staff who worked closely with Madonsela, to undermine and expunge the work of the former PP,” DA added.
Thereafter Maimane’s party recounted that they didn’t support the appointment of Mkhwebane because she has always been employed in and around government, and remaked that she wants to have a more friendly relationship with government.
“We are now seeing he consequences of her appointment. The capture of vital state institutions has become an ever present reality in South Africa.
Only the Office to the PP and the Judiciary have remained relatively unblemished by capture. It now seems that the PP is well on her way to acting in favour of the politically compromised and elite,” the opposition party further asserted.