Gigaba files third affidavit against Public Protector

The office of the Public Protector says it is still confident regarding the controversial Absa bailout case.

This past weekend, Eyewitness News revealed that the Public Protector's attorneys had withdrawn from the case. Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she now has new attorneys.

Absa has been accused of a benefitting from a R1 billion bailout during the apartheid era, and there are calls for the money to be returned.

EWN senior reporter, Barry Bateman says it unclear why Mkhwebane's legal team abandoned her. Mkhwebane's office doesn't know either, reports Bateman.

While she seems confident and is going ahead in this matter, she is certainly going to get a grilling when it comes to the courts considering the allegations made against her.

Barry Bateman, EWN senior reporter

According to Bateman, the finance minister, Malusi Gigaba also told the Public Protector that she made haphazard conclusions of law and fact, relying on random, unsubstantiated and selected documents placed before her.

Bateman further says this is the third affidavit filed by Gigaba against Mkhwebane.

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In other news, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head, Robert McBride made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates Court where he's facing charges of assault for allegedly attacking his daughter, reports Bateman.

He said McBride's legal team did request that the state is given one last opportunity to be able to postpone saying he wants them to be ready to go to trial.

Listen to the EWN report in the clip below:


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