When Busisiwe Mkhwebane was about to be appointed South Africa’s Public Protector, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party expressed dissatisfaction with the move.
Then, DA argued that Busisiwe Mkhwebane isn’t the most suitable candidate for the office. She has always been employed in and around government, DA pointed out.
The party also expressed that it’s worrying Busisiwe Mkhwebane indicated a desire to have a “friendly relationship with the government.”
Mkhwebane was eventually appointed the Public Protector. Now, Maimane’s party thinks she’s made good on her desire to be friendly with the government.
This follows reports which circulated that the Public Protector refused to release many reports involving the Guptas. As circulated, she has consistently failed to release about 4 separate investigation reports involving the Guptas.
From our gatherings, these reports include:
- The report of the investigation, following a complaint laid by the DA, into the illegal landing of Gupta wedding guests at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013;
- Numerous reports following investigations into the relationship and funding of Gupta Media, The New Age (TNA), and key state-owned companies such as the SABC, as well as the North West provincial government;
- The relationship between certain ANC politicians and the Guptas.
DA urged the Public Protector to release the reports at her press conference scheduled today.
The reports should be released in the interest of transparency and the South African public, DA contended.
“It is telling that not one of the reports released by Mkhwebane during her tenure have involved any key political figures, despite there being numerous complaints against such individuals.
“Given the flurry of reports uncovering just how far the ANC’s project of state capture has reached, it is more important than ever that the Public Protector investigate and report without fear or favour.
“…Mkhwebane has an opportunity to act in the best interest of the South African public and release these reports at her press conference,” stated the party.