Consideration of Recommendation for Removal of Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane from the office of Public Protector
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In July 2019, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane committed the cardinal sin of doing her job too well.
She wrote a report on an investigation into allegations of a violation of the executive ethics code through an improper relationship between the President and African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa.
The ANC and DA have laid a charge against her for doing this.
The evidence we have had in the Section 194 Enquiry is that certain companies have donated money to the CR17 campaign.
If you want to see proof of the names of the people who received payments in the CR17-saga, here it is.
Read it and you will see the relationship between these companies and senior ANC leaders and key operators. The question why the President went to court to seal these records is to hide where these moneys came from.
These companies include amongst others Bosasa, Mohlaleng Media, Maverick State, LinkD Environmental Services and Behaviour Change Agency, a company which featured in the LinkD bank statements, which later got a contract for the Presidency’s Covid-19 communications campaign.
It wasn’t the usual suspects like the big corporates, but it was companies that were systematically pilfered through government departments and municipalities who funded this campaign.
It is ironic that former DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, who raised the alarm and took the matter to the Public Protector found himself out in the cold and now the DA is in cahoots with the ANC to remove Advocate Mkhwebane. Is this why Maimane was sacrificed?
It seems Advocate Mkhwebane had hit a raw nerve with her 2019 Report; and that the ANC has closed ranks with a vengeance, and we are at the juncture where they are merely getting rid of her for doing her job too well.
This House should come up with a mechanism to establish which companies are doing business with government and had donated to this campaign and why monies had ended up in some cabinet members’ pockets as shown in this document I am handing over to the Speaker.
The UDM therefore categorically disagrees with any course of action that sees Advocate Mkhwebane’s departure from office.