We need R1bn to do our job - Public Protector

2017-03-30 14:35
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (City Press)

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The Public Protector’s office needs at least R1bn to stay afloat and work effectively, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Thursday.

Briefing Parliament’s justice committee on her budget and annual plan, the Public Protector and her delegation pleaded for more money.

"I know it might sound like a scary amount," she told the committee.

In her strategic plan, which was also distributed in the committee, she said the allocation of R263.3m "is a drop in the ocean".

The total budget for the 2017/18 year is just over R301m.

Only half of their organisational structure was funded, while core functions were underfunded, Mkhwebane said.

An allocation of R1bn would assist in addressing complex issues.

Newly-appointed Public Protector CEO Themba Dlamini told the committee that the R1bn was a conservative amount.

They were sitting with a shortfall of over R600m, he said, over a three-year period.

He would make a detailed account of how they came to R1bn, he told the committee.

The call for more funding for the body is not new.

First 100 days

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela continuously appealed for more money for the office, without much success.

On Thursday, Mkhwebane also analysed her first 100 days in office.

During that time, she said, nine investigation reports were released on matters affecting ordinary people.

"Performance on investigations has slightly improved, from 11% to 22%. Strategic positions were filled and more appointments were expected," she told the committee.

A skills audit had been conducted, and high-speed connectivity installed at 80% of the Public Protector offices.

In her strategic report, she raised concerns about security at some of the Public Protector offices.

"[It] has become a major risk and several break-ins and muggings have been reported in provincial and regional offices. This is a matter of serious concern," she said.

Due to financial constraints, they had not been able to relocate high risk provincial offices with urgency.

Read more on:    public protector  |  busisiwe mkhwebane  |  cape town

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.