In a bold move within the National Assembly, newly appointed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Parliament (MP) Busisiwe Mkhwebane did not hold back in criticising various judicial institutions, including her successor at the Public Protector’s Office, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
EWN reports that during the budget report debate on these institutions, the former public protector voiced concerns about the SIU, accusing it of duplicating the work of the Public Protector’s Office. Mkhwebane asserted that the EFF would closely examine the SIU’s mandate to ensure accountability.
In addition, she aimed at the NPA, expressing discontent with its handling of state capture cases and its tendency to enter into settlement agreements with multinational companies. Mkhwebane highlighted the NPA’s perceived incapacity to prosecute complex cases or commercial crimes, citing the Steinhoff case as an example. She emphasised that the institution has become a tool in the hands of politicians.
The former public protector also criticised her former deputy and current successor at the Public Protector’s Office, Kholeka Gcaleka. Mkhwebane cast doubt on Gcaleka’s impartiality, stating, “The perception that she is a president’s protector will be difficult to shake concerning her role in the Phala Phala matter.” This latest development underscores Mkhwebane’s willingness to challenge and scrutinise key institutions within the South African judicial landscape.
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