Few weeks after the office of the Public Protector received a R1.5-million funding commitment from the treasury, South Africa’s top auditing firm PwC has been enlisted to help Thuli’s office investigate the alleged state capture by the politically connected Gupta family and other influential citizens of the country.
Thuli’s office made this known to news media saying it has enlisted a number of advisory firms that would help with the investigation but refused to name the firms citing security concerns. However, a reliable source revealed that one of such firms enlisted to help is the PWC
Madonsela whose tenure of service is almost over has been largely called to help investigate the controversial state capture among other corruptions in the country.
She received the sum of R1.5 milion out of about R3-million requested for by the department to be able to conduct a comprehensive investigation into state capture allegations.
The National Treasury also granted her the permission to redirect money from other projects to fund the shortfall because of the urgency of the matter,
Information from Thuli’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe has it that Dominican Order among some other organizations, approached Thuli to investigate whether Deputy Finance Minister Mr Mcebisi Jonas and former MP Ms Vytjie Mentor were offered Cabinet positions by the Guptas.
Whether the appointment of Minister Des Van Rooyen was known beforehand by the Gupta family and whether two senior advisors with links to the Gupta family were appointed to the treasury alongside Mr Van Rooyen, without following proper procedures.
The Dominican order also requested the public protector to look into tenders of state contracts, mining licenses and advertisements in The New Age newspaper; to investigate allegations of state capture by the Gupta family and all business dealings with the state to establish whether there has been any corruption or improper conduct. All these are expected to be done with before the end of Thuli Madonsela’s tenure this year.
Thuli’s Successor Must Be More Independent
Meanwhile, as Madonsela’s tenure in office expires in October and a new person will sit at her desk to continue the good work she does, public analysts are of the view that such person who will resume office must get even more independent than it is now.
Analysts say given that the work of the public protector is to investigate any misconduct by government and private officials that would affect the country,the conscientious public protector is bound to ruffle the feathers of officials if he or she does the work of “taking appropriate remedial action” against those involved in maladministration conscientiously.
To this, analyst Paul Hoffman said it would be useful psychometrically to assess the candidates and to subject those who have made the short list to a medical examination. In this way, objective criteria are used and the possibility of a less than independent and impartial successor being appointed is limited with the aid of science. This procedure would temper the sole reliance on the opinions of politicians as the only guide to finding the right candidate.
Hopefully, with the help of PWC among other firms, the office of public Protector will in a short while reveal the report on their findings on the alleged state capture.