Mkhwebane names and shames those who challenged her


Busisiwe Mkhwebane described Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister Bheki Celeb and Minister Tito Mboweni as some who defied his instructions.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Photo: Abigail Javier / EWN

PRETORIA – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has identified more than 50 state institutions that, according to her, defied his instructions.

She accused them of failing to implement their corrective actions, causing the public to have little faith in democracy.

Mkhwebane told the media in Pretoria on Thursday, saying recent developments have reached unacceptable levels.

She described President Cyril Ramaphosa, Police Minister Bheki Cele, and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni as some of those who defied his instructions.

"If you are a minister, you must respect the Constitution and the rule of law."

Mkhwebane said that despite budgetary constraints, she is forced to bring several issues to court to force state bodies to take action.

"We are here to support and strengthen our constitutional democracy. We are not here to be antagonistic. "

Public Protector said it is begging state institutions to implement its corrective action, adding that it is not optional.


She criticized Cele for failing to protect whistleblowers in Umzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal.

The public protector discovered that in 2018, Cele and the police had failed to protect Thabiso Zulu and Les Stuta, who had denounced the corruption they claimed to have led to the murder of the former secretary general of the Youth League of the African National Congress, Sindiso Magaqa.

This could have resulted in the murder of the two men.

Mkhwebane says that Cele's failure to implement her corrective action is harming the lives of whistleblowers.

"This is not a matter of witness protection, this is someone who sees that this corruption is happening … I am a whistleblower and because people know that I am, can I be protected?"

Cele and the Treasury were among the 50 government officials and state organs who were appointed by Mkhwebane as having failed to implement the corrective action of the Public Protector.

Mkhwebane says that since she is out of options, she wrote to parliamentary speaker Baleke Mbete to report dishonest ministers.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)


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