Minister Nkwinti wants to prevent release of Public Protector's report

Minister Nkwinti wants to prevent release of Public Protector's report

Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is scheduled to publicly release investigation reports, and Water and Sanitation Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, wants to prevent this, according to reports. He approached the Pretoria High Court in the matter.

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The Mail and Guardian reports that Water and Sanitation Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, is not very keen on having Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, release her latest investigation reports.

He has apparently approached the Pretoria High Court in an effort to prevent the release of a specific report, one which is believed to accuse him of abusing his position as a minister.

Minister Nkwinti apparently approached the court after hours on Friday evening. The case will be argued on Monday, 6 May, as confirmed by the office's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe.

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Minister Nkwinti is worried about the report about an investigation into the acquisition of the Bekenvlei farm in Limpopo in 2011. He was Minister of Land and Rural Development back then.

The Sunday Times did a report on the incident in 2017 and stated that the minister referred a friend, Errol Velile Present, to his department, who was then handed over the farm, worth about R97 million, to manage, along with a partner.

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Briefly.co.za gathered from the Mail and Guardian report that the Deloitte report implicated Minister Mkwinti and other officials - it is suggested the minister be charged under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

However, the final report did not contain anything unfavourable against the minister.

According to Minister Nkwinti, the Public Protector did not try to find out what his side of the story is.

“The final report contains a finding that I have violated paragraphs 3.2(c) and 3.2(e) of the Executive Ethics Code. These findings are not correct and have been made without granting me the opportunity to submit a response.”

The minister will now act according to the decision made by the judge.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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