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'Public Protector forgoing vital investigations in singular pursuit of Gordhan'

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: @PublicProtector/Twitter

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane recently argued that a lack of funds is to blame for her inability to investigate the Vrede Dairy Farm case adequately.

Her predecessor, Thuli Madonsela, also lamented the lack of resources available to her.

Considering these financial constraints surely the Public Protector should prioritise investigations instead of prioritising complaints against Minister Pravin Gordhan that have been comprehensively dealt with by other entities, wrote Lawson Naidoo (Executive Secretary at Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution) in Business Day on Thursday.

What other investigations have been sacrificed as a result of this singular pursuit?

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary - Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that she is playing politics and targeting Gordhan… it is the (mis)conduct of the public protector that should be scrutinised… for frittering away scarce public resources on pursuing such frivolous complaints…

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary - Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Naidoo.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

We don’t suggest Mr Gordhan is above the law… The point is that several bodies have looked into these issues and have concluded that there was nothing untoward…

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary - Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution

The courts… say she is incompetent…

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary - Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution

Madonsela was never found to have abused her powers…

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary - Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution

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