All seems set for the investigation proper into the alleged state capture as the treasury goes ahead to give Madonsela an extra R1.5-million.
Work in the office of the public protector has in some times now been on a halt as the department lacked funds to pursue its course.
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The department is said to have shut down five offices in Siyabuswa, Vryburg, Newcastle, Port Elizabeth and Mabopane to cut costs and in April, Thuli requested for an additional R3 million to equip her department for the investigation of the so-called Guptagate saga.
“Without sufficient resources we cannot employ more investigators and those that are in our employ cannot cope with the huge caseload,” she stated earlier.
The department said that the Gupta investigation wasn’t about giving the case special treatment, but rather that it is an urgent matter that needs redress as soon as possible, as there is a risk it could destabilize the country.
After much deliberation on the need for the investigation result, the treasury said it would give the office of the Public Protector an additional R1.5 million to conduct the investigation
Thuli’s spokesman, Oupa Segalwe, said executives from their office recently met with Treasury officials to discuss the need for to the funding.
According to him also, the funds would be directed to the cases that were prepared to be investigated in the last quarter of the current financial year.
Thuli will in addition to investigating the Gupta family’s alleged influence in the appointment of government ministers, scrutinize all business deals and licences issued to the family in a complaint lodged by DA leader Mmusi Maimane in March.
ANC Says Alleged State Capture is Baseless
The ANC recently announced an end to its investigation into the alleged state capture, claiming such rumors were just mere speculations and advised complainants to speak to the relevant authorities.
The party labelled the notion of Parliament investigating the Gupta family as baseless adding that the allegations were already being investigated by the Hawks and the Public Protector hence the Parliament can’t join to investigate a matter already being investigated by other organs of state.
Despite all these allegations, the Gupta family has not been formally charged with any crimes; however,investigating the issue proper by the public protector Thuli Madonsela before she leavs office in October, would give citizens a long-lasting assurance of the future of the nation.