Update on protector’s state capture probe
PUBLIC Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is set to provide updates tomorrow on a number of investigations by her office, including into state capture allegations.
This comes after she announced this week that she would conduct preliminary probes into shenanigans at several state-owned enterprises.
These included maladministration, financial mismanagement and tender irregularities at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
Also on the list were kickback agreements worth billions in the procurement of locomotives at Transnet as well as the reappointment of former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe, among others.
Cleopatra Mosana, Mkhwe- bane’s spokesperson, said: “The public protector will outline what has been done so far and what remains to be done.”
Mosana also said Mkhwebane will delve into the issue of resources and restrictions on staff as the Chapter 9 institution had no more than 200 investigators.
“What has not been made clear is the fact that these things require adequate resources.
“If you don’t have the capacity, then you aren’t able to deal with investigations of this magnitude in a thorough manner.”
Asked about the contents of the so-called Gupta leaked e-mails and if Mkhwebane would give detailed updates on the investigations, Mosana said state capture issues were sub judice.