The new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has confirmed that she’s yet to finalize the report on the damage to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s official vehicle.
Members of Parliament heard on Wednesday that the office of the Public Protector is still “working” towards concluding the report on the damage to the state-owned BMW vehicle, which was crashed by Madonsela’s son in 2012.
The question on whether the bill has been settled or not was exhumed after the matter made rounds last week.
On Thursday, Madonsela told her host at John Robbie’s 702 radio show that she was taken aback by the fresh agitation because the matter had already been concluded by two different agencies.
She insisted that the Auditor-General and g-FleeT Management and the Gauteng transport department’s fleet management service provider cleared her of any wrongdoing, in relation to the matter.
“They both came to the conclusion that I was not involved in the matter‚ that I was sleeping. I did not give instructions for the car to be used‚” she said at the show.
According to the judges’ handbook‚ which applies to Madonsela‚ her son could drive the vehicle only if she was in the official vehicle.
Madonsela’s son, Wantu, 27, crashed the car while trying to avoid a dog, after he drove into the garden wall of a house on Lucky Bean Crescent near Moreleta Park in Pretoria in 2012.
Nevertheless, reports making the rounds say Madonsela has been asked to pay R750 000 for the car damage. Public protector spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi, however, confirmed that a letter requesting her pay has been delivered to her; adding that the money will be deducted from her gratuity.
“The money will be deducted from her gratuity. The public protector contacted G-Fleet to get the itemized bill for repairs from the panel beater, which it submitted,” Masibi disclosed.
However, the defiant advocate downplayed the decision, questioning the authority or basis on which the deduction would be made.
G-Fleet, which provides fleet management services to the state, including the public sector, has also called on Madonsela to pay for repair of the state-owned BMW X6.