Public Protector Mkhwebane hits out at Mantashe and SACP critics

Public Protector Mkhwebane hits out at Mantashe and SACP critics

- Busisiwe Mkhwebane has demanded that the SACP produce evidence to support comments made by one of its members

- This comes after the SACP deputy secretary-general accused Mkhwebane of being a stooge for the so-called 'fight-back' agenda

- The Public Protector has also slammed Mantashe for similar comments

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has hit out at some of her critics, saying she will not tolerate "insults" to her office.

This comes after several leading political figures have levelled accusations and criticism at Mkhwebane.

The latest among them is SACP deputy-secretary-general, Solly Mapaila, who claimed that Mkhwebane was "a hired gun of the 'fight-back' agenda".

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The Public Protector has since demanded that Mapaila produce evidence to support his allegation within the next five days, according to News24. This comes after he reportedly made the remark last week at a Nehawu event in Boksburg.

In response, the SACP has reaffirmed its position that Mkhwebane should be subjected to an inquiry concerning her fitness for office. 

Additionally, Mkhwebane has said that she will be reporting Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe after he told members of the press that that the Public Protector's investigation into the Bosasa payment made to Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC leadership campaign was politicised.

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This comes after DA leader Mmusi Maimane filed a complaint with the Public Protector regarding the R500 000 allegedly paid to Ramaphosa's campaign by former Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson, has gathered.

Mantashe is among those who have questioned why Mkhwebane is focusing her investigation on Cyril Ramaphosa alone.

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