MEC questions protector’s stand

2012-10-05 00:00

“ARE all approaches to the Public Protector’s office bona fide or have there been instances when the office was used for political abuse?” KZN MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela when she addressed the Legislature yesterday.

Mabuyakhulu earlier this month had corruption charges against him dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). He asked Madonsela at what point she became aware that a request for an investigation was for political purposes. He also wanted to know how the Public Protector’s office and other Chapter Nine institutions co-operated and collaborated when investigating the same matter.

Madonsela said doing preliminary investigations on a case helped sort out whether it was genuine or not. She said the preliminary investigation helped to discern the merits of the complaint and to assess whether there was any hidden agenda.

She added that her office had been working at strengthening synergies with other agencies as it was true that they often found they were putting resources into the same things. She said with agencies like the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), they have in the past sat together and divided the workload.

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