Mkhwebane criticised for suggesting scope of state capture inquiry be broadened

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Busisiwe Mkhwebane must desist from temptations to use the authority of the Public Protector to propagate populist and factional politics. "Anything else would not only be in defiance of the court order, but derail and delay the investigation", Madonsela said in response to Mkhwebane's statement released on Wednesday.

Mkhwebane's utterances regarding the terms of reference of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture are a latest case in point.

Madonsela's investigation was triggered by numerous complaints about reports that the Zumas and the Guptas had conspired to capture state-owned enterprises for their personal benefit.

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The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) have all questioned Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's suggestion that the scope of state of capture commission inquiry be broadened, with the SACP saying that Mkhwebane risks bringing the image of her office into disrepute.

It is a matter of public record that Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama has complained to Mkhwebane about "white corruption, including white state capture".

The objective of the commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of state capture is to conclude the investigation that was undertaken by the Public Protector in her "State of Capture" report. "We made an request for R31-million additional funding for state capture which we did not receive", she said.

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Madonsela said the objective of the commission was to conclude the investigation initially undertaken by the Public Protector in the State of Capture report.

"The deputy chief justice may identify and refer same to the president or any relevant institution".

"The terms of reference would state the objective of the commission‚ which is to conclude the investigation that was undertaken‚" Madonsela said. Zuma's surprise announcement was widely interpreted to have saved him from being recalled this week.

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