Public Protector can't investigate apartheid economic crimes

The Public Protector does not have the powers to investigate economic crimes committed during apartheid. The matter has come to light after the Black First Land First movement - led by former Economic Freedom Fighter member of Parliament, Andile Mgxitama, stormed the Pretoria offices on Monday.

702's John Robbie spoke to Public Protector spokesman, Oupa Segalwe, to provide clarity on the matter.

He said that because the office was established in 1995, crimes committed prior to the office's existence couldn't be investigated.

Listen to the interview below:

Anything that occurred prior to the establishment of the office is outside of the remit of the Public Protector.

Opua Segalwe, Public Protector Senior Communications Manager

In an interview earlier, senior research associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Hennie van Heerden, insisted that there are legal avenues available to address the matter.

He said there are a range of questions that remain unanswered regarding economic crimes committed during apartheid which remain unaccounted for.

Listen to the interview below:

Although there have been some investigations in the past, there were outstanding questions and the Public Protector in 2011 promised to look into this.

Hennie van Heerden, Institute for Justice and Reconcilation
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