A group of 27 former civil servants has written a letter bringing attention to ongoing allegations of state capture by the Gupta family.
702's Stephen Grootes (standing-in for John Robbie) spoke to former Director-General for Agriculture, Bongiwe Njobe, regarding the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
We realised that we have a shared concern for the declining sense of professionalism and integrity of the public service.— Bongiwe Njobe, former Director-General of Agriculture
We need to speak up and direct attention to the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act because we think it allows the public service to self-correct.— Bongiwe Njobe, former Director-General of Agriculture
What we're seeing is that we seem to be losing the capacity we should be having... The checks and balances are there but they are not being exploited.— Bongiwe Njobe, former Director-General of Agriculture
Advocate Mahlodi Muofhe, who is the spokesperson to Public Service and Administration Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, confirmed that they have received the letter.
We appreciate their concern, but we're not sure about the authenticity of the letter because we don't know whether they are operating individually or as an entity.— Advocate Mahlodi Muofhe, Public Service and Administration spokesperson
Listen to his response below:
The Public Protector's office is on record saying it has received instructions from concerned citizens to investigate the very same things they want to investigate.— Advocate Mahlodi Muofhe, Public Service and Administration spokesperson
If you think that a crime is being committed, it is best to go to is the state security agencies.— Advocate Mahlodi Muofhe, Public Service and Administration spokesperson