New Public Protector hits ground running, ‘throws shades’ at Madonsela

New Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has started her term with a bang.

Mkhwebane briefed Parliament’s Justice Portfolio Committee on her office’s annual report, for Madonsela’s last year in office.

EWN’s Parliamentary correspondent Gaye Davis says Mkhwebane is putting her stamp on the institution.

In her first public engagement since assuming office three days ago, Mkhwebane announced that donor funding would be a thing of the past in her office.

This after it emerged in Parliament that her predecessor Thuli Madonsela secured 500 000 US Dollars from government agency USAID, raising some concerns.

Mkhwebane also said that she would abandon the use of consultants as far as possible, after revealing that academics and firm PwC had helped with compiling the state capture report.

Mkhwebane said she’s going to be looking for a different caliber of investigator.

— Gaye Davis, Parliamentary correspondent for EWN

She said she’d also be chasing Madonsela about the amount she owes after her son crashed an official vehicle.

Davis suggests that Mkhwebane was “throwing shade” at Madonsela during her first briefing today.



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