State capture: Protector serves subpoena on Cabinet secretary

2016-09-15 12:12
Adv. Thuli Madonsela (File, Netwerk24)

Adv. Thuli Madonsela (File, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – The Public Protector has served a subpoena on the secretary of Cabinet as part of her investigations into state capture, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

Speaking during a post-Cabinet briefing in Parliament, Radebe said they noted the subpoena served, and would comply.

The subpoena requested the Secretary of Cabinet to provide declarations of Cabinet members and the minutes of Cabinet meetings for the period November 2015 to April 2016 that recorded the appointment of acting ministers while the incumbent ministers were abroad.

“Cabinet agreed to provide the Public Protector with the declarations. However, since the president appoints ministers and deputy ministers, such matters have not come before Cabinet and therefore these records have not been [minuted] as Cabinet decisions,” he said.  

Earlier this year, Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela was asked to probe whether Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former MP Vytjie Mentor were offered Cabinet positions by the controversial Gupta family.

She was also asked to investigate whether the appointment of Des Van Rooyen as finance minister was known beforehand by the Gupta family and whether two senior advisers with links to the Gupta family were appointed to the National Treasury alongside Van Rooyen without following proper procedure.

Radebe on Thursday said the public protector requested the information as part of the state capture probe.

“That’s our understanding of the context of the questions by the public protector, and we are providing her with the information,” Radebe said.

On why the secretary had to be subpoenaed to provide the information, rather than give it freely, Radebe said they only received notice of the subpoena as Cabinet and were acting on it. Madonsela told reporters on Wednesday that the report into allegations of state capture by the Guptas would be ready before she left the office in October.

"We are doing our best to complete all investigations that are in our hands. We are not 100% sure if they will be complete but we will have a report,” she said at the Rhema Bible Church's Truth Be Told conference. 

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