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New EFF MP Mkhwebane Criticizes Public Protector’s Office, NPA, And SIU

This criticism raises questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of these institutions and highlights the need for clarity regarding their respective roles.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the newly elected Member of Parliament for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has wasted no time in voicing her concerns about various judicial institutions.

During a recent debate on the budget report of these institutions, Mkhwebane took aim at the Public Protector’s Office, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

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Mkhwebane’s first target was the SIU, which she accused of duplicating the work of the Public Protector’s Office. She expressed her party’s intention to scrutinize the SIU’s mandate in order to ensure that its activities align with the EFF’s vision.

This criticism raises questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of these institutions and highlights the need for clarity regarding their respective roles.

In addition to her concerns about the SIU, Mkhwebane also criticized the NPA’s handling of state capture cases.

She expressed disappointment with the NPA’s decision to enter into settlement agreements with multinational companies, suggesting that this compromised the institution’s ability to prosecute complex cases or commercial crimes.

Mkhwebane’s comments reflect a growing sentiment among some political figures that the NPA has become a tool in the hands of politicians, raising concerns about its independence and impartiality.

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Furthermore, Mkhwebane did not hold back in her criticism of her former deputy and now successor at the Public Protector’s Office, Kholeka Gcaleka. She questioned Gcaleka’s ability to remain impartial and referred to a perception that she is a “president’s protector.”

This statement raises concerns about the integrity and independence of the Public Protector’s Office, an institution that is meant to act as a safeguard against corruption and abuse of power.

It is important to note that Mkhwebane’s criticisms come at a time when public trust in these institutions is already low.

Recent high-profile cases, such as the state capture inquiry led by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, have highlighted the challenges faced by these institutions in holding those in power accountable.

Mkhwebane’s comments serve as a reminder of the need for transparency, accountability, and effective governance within these institutions.

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