CAPE TOWN-The South Africa Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice has accused the Public Protector (Ombudsman), Busisiwe Mkhwebane, of misleading Parliament.
Last month Mkhwebane told the Committee that she never met with former President Jacob Zuma before releasing her report into ABSA-Bankcorp, one of the country’s leading commercial banks.
One of the Public Protector’s recommendations in the report was for the South African Reserve Bank to be nationalised.
Members of Parliament pointed Mkhwebane to court papers which reveal that she has omitted to disclose her meeting with Zuma.
Why would you hide the fact that you have met with the (former) president? Why would you not meet with ABSA if the need existed?,” Committee Chairperson Mathole Motshekha asked.
“Why would you not meet with any (Cabinet) ministers before the adverse findings are made? The constitution says your office is there to support democracy.
South Africa’s Public Protector is one of six independent State institutions set up by the country’s Constitution to support and defend democracy. These institutions are independent, and subject only to the Constitution and the law. According to the Constitution, they must be impartial and must exercise their powers and perform their functions without fear, favour or prejudice.
Mkhwebane was appointed Public Protector by former president Zuma in October 2016, succeeding Thuli Madonsela, a former Law Reform Commissioner and advocate.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK