Mkhwebane says she is not a "Zupta" deployee in new interview

Mkhwebane says she is not a "Zupta" deployee in new interview

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has denied the suggestion that she is loyal to Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family

- Mkhwebane said this was just a narrative concocted against her

- This comes in the wake of a parliamentary inquiry which could see Mkhwebane losing her job

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In a new interview, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane dismissed claims that she was a "Zupta" beneficiary.

This comes as a parliamentary inquiry is being launched into Mkhwebane's fitness for office.

Nevertheless, Mkhwebane appeared combative, even issuing warnings aimed at President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Mkhwebane said that Ramaphosa would not be able to cross-examine witnesses in the Bosasa matter. This comes after Mkhwebane found that Ramaphosa had "inadvertently" misled Parliament regarding the R500 000 payment made to his election campaign by former Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson.

According to News24, Ramaphosa had requested to question the complainants in the matter, such as DA leader Mmusi Maimane. However, Mkhwebane indicated that she would not comply with this request, saying that cross-examination would create a "trial environment".

Additionally, Mkhwebane took issues with the suggestion that she was a so-called "Zupta" deployee. She maintains that this is merely a narrative created to discredit her. 

For example, Mkhwebane has received some criticism for not publishing a report concerning the Guptas' controversial 2013 landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base, which allegedly took place with the permission of then-president, Jacob Zuma.

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However, Mkhwebane has rubbished this claim, saying that her predecessor Thuli Madonsela decided not to investigate the executive with regard to the incident, has gathered.

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