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Former public protector Thuli Madonsela
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela
PHOTO: Corrie Hansen

The Section 194 committee investigating Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office has accepted legal advice that her defence witnesses have to be relevant to the charges against her - and has decided that her predecessor, Thuli Madonsela, should be called to testify.

While the committee deemed Madonsela's evidence relevant to its work, as she worked on the Vrede Dairy Farm and CIEX reports before Mkhwebane took over, the committee did not deem the evidence of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Deputy Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka, former DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone and President Cyril Ramaphosa relevant to its work.

Mkhwebane's team has contacted all of them, along with Public Protector investigator Bianca Mvuyana, to appear before the committee. With no positive responses forthcoming, Mkhwebane subsequently approached the committee with requests to summon them to the hearings.

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