Public Protector is surprised leaked case has no link to her

2011-07-12 14:23

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was surprised to learn today that a case number on a police memo leaked to the media that implicated her in corruption had nothing to do with her.

When told in Pretoria the case number 515/01/2008 was related to a fraud investigation involving the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ), a stunned Madonsela said: “Oh, my God!”

Asked if she was aware that the case number did not relate to her, she said: “No, I didn’t know anything. I had never been told there was any case. But an impression was created that there was a nexus between that case and the case that was allegedly being investigated against me.”

The case was opened at the Pretoria central police station on January 11 2008 by the DOJ, but it could not be confirmed who specifically in the department had opened the case.

Yesterday Hawks spokesman said the case number that appeared on the memo that was leaked to the media and published had nothing to do with her.

“It is a completely different investigation about IT and not Madonsela,” he said.

The memo, which is dated April 1 2011, and titled “Report regarding information relating to Waweth Resources CC”, states that Madonsela’s companies, Waweth Resources CC and Waweth Law and Policy Research Agency, supplied consulting services to the Justice Department between August 2004 and July 2009.

The value of these services according to the document was worth R1.8 million.

Waweth is a company Madonsela has admitted to owning that did contract work for the justice department.

Last week Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said Madonsela did not break any laws when her company offered services to the justice department while she worked for the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC).

Because Madonsela was not appointed as commissioner to the SALRC in terms of the Public Service Act and public service regulations, she was not bound by them, Radebe said in a statement.

Madonsela said: “We need to know who circulated that document that was trying to scandalise me. From day one it was clear it was malicious and it was clear it was half truths and lies.”

Madonsela said she could not comment on what action she would take, except to “take the offer by Minister of Police to try to find out where that case note comes from. Who ordered who to do what and for what purpose and then I’ll take it from there. It would help if police management finds out who has tried to dig dirt, so to speak, about me and for what purpose.”

She and her team would continue to do their work despite the events of last week. Her office had received enormous support since the events of last week, Madonsela said.

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