Up­date on pro­tec­tor’s state cap­ture probe

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - NONI MOKATI

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.

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