Malema slams pro­tec­tor

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - NONI MOKATI

THE EFF has come out with guns blaz­ing against Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane, ac­cus­ing her of de­stroy­ing that of­fice and say­ing it was work­ing on a plan to re­move her from of­fice.

The EFF said it re­gret­ted its de­ci­sion to back Mkhwe­bane for the job last year.

EFF leader Julius Malema said yes­ter­day they should have lis­tened when they were warned that Mkhwe­bane was planted by the ANC.

They had cho­sen to give her a chance, but the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s ac­tions seemed to con­firm the ac­cu­sa­tions against her, he said.

The DA raised the is­sue of a spy when Mkhwe­bane was in­ter­viewed by Par­lia­ment last year, but Malema said they were giv­ing her the ben­e­fit of the doubt.

Yes­ter­day, the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s of­fice re­fused to be drawn into the EFF’s or the DA’s al­le­ga­tions or views about the CIEX re­port, which has pointed out sus­pi­cions over Mkhwe­bane’s han­dling of the re­port into the South African Re­serve Bank’s fi­nan­cial res­cue of Bankorp dur­ing the apartheid era.

Malema said they were look­ing into plans to res­cue the of­fice of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor and re­move Mkhwe­bane, adding that Mkhwe­bane had failed to de­fend the of­fice of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor.

“We must stop call­ing her the pub­lic pro­tec­tor and start call­ing her the state pro­tec­tor,” Malema said.

He added that the EFF was wait­ing for the DA to take Mkhwe­bane to court to prove its sus­pi­cions.

He added that the EFF re­gret­ted sup­port­ing Mkhwe­bane’s ap­point­ment to the of­fice in the first place and that it had taken a pup­pet from the Gup­tas’ kitchen and de­cided to give it a chance.

The EFF also said it re­jected what it termed disin­gen­u­ous po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns such as the “Absa Pay Back the Money” fo­rum, which it said was a Gupta and state se­cu­rity-spon­sored cam­paign aimed at sav­ing the “klep­to­cratic sta­tus quo”.

Mkhwe­bane’s spokesper­son Oupa Se­galwe said they would not com­ment on the leaked re­port into Absa.

He said par­ties who felt ag­grieved had un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary to com­ment on the re­port’s pro­vi­sional find­ings.

Mean­while, the Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion has called for a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry to be es­tab­lished.

Its chair­per­son Kebby Maphat­soe ques­tioned why, at the dawn of democ­racy, an au­dit into the “fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties” of the loan was not be­ing con­ducted.

“The wealth that made a few white fam­i­lies rich and but­tressed white priv­i­lege was not just a case of ex­cel­lent en­trepreneur­ship.

“It was brazen fraud de­lib­er­ately com­mit­ted to im­pov­er­ish the in­dige­nous peo­ple while en­sur­ing that white priv­i­lege en­dures,” he said.

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