Ministers call for PP t o probe Treasury, financial ins titutions
JOHANNESBURG — The office of the public protector y esterday c onfirmed that se veral ministers have written a letter requesting that she investigate the conduct, alleged collusion and corruption at National Treasury and other financial ins titutions.
Public P rotector B usisiwe Mkh webane’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said: “The public protector r eceived a c omplaint against National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank, Financial Intelligence Centre, Public Investment Corporation and the Financial Services Board.
“The complaint bears the names of 90 people who identify themselves as ‘ANC MPs and concerned South African citizens’. There are signatures next to only 49 of the name s.
“The c omplaint will be subject ed to the standard process of assessment for jurisdiction and merit before a decision is made on whether it will be in vestigated or not. ”
The lis t of minis ters r equesting Mkhwebane to investigate state capture include Malusi Gigaba, Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini and D avid Mahlobo.
According to the letter, the entities consistently work in a manner detrimental to the majority of South Africa’ s population.
“Currently, they operate in the interests of the few instead of the majorit y. The phrase ‘state capture’ is now commonplace in South Africa and these institutions need to be investigated. They are at the heart of it, and awl ays have been.
“This same Treasury has not increased welfare grants anywhere near in line with inflation.
“T his impose s further har dship on our country’s most vulnerable citiz ens.
“Scandalously, food inflation is even higher than general inflation,” the let ter said.
“This means grant recipients are not jus t getting slightly poorer in terms of what they can buy with their mone y, but ar e even less equipped to fulfill their b asic needs.
“This is a tr agedy in w hat is c onsidered Africa’s most developed nation.”