- A witness in Mkhwebane's Gordhan report claims that he was never interviewed by the Public Protector
- Mkhwebane, however, denies this suggestion
- Journalist Jacques Pauw has challenged Mkhwebane to provide details of the alleged interview
Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw has called on the Public Protector to release details concerning her meeting with Keletso Bizoski Manyike.
This comes Pauw published a piece in the Sunday Times claiming that Mkhwebane's report on Pravin Gordhan was poorly-investigated.
The report alleges that Manyike spied on taxpayers and government officials as part of the Sars "rogue unit". However, Manyike says that he had no knowledge of the unit at all.
Manyike told Pauw that Mkhwebane must have been "confused", as she was "completely wrong" about his job at Sars, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
According to The Citizen, Manyike worked as a law interpreter for Sars, but was later moved to debt collection.
Now, there are allegations that Mkhwebane had confused Manyike for another Sars employee, Michael Pheega. Pauw has suggested, however, that the Public Protector failed to corroborate either man's version of events.
Additionally, Pauw has suggested that the Public Protector or her office may never have interviewed the employees at all. In response, Mkhwebane maintains that she did interview the men.
If history is a guide, the Public Protector will not take this criticism lying down, however. Already, a spokesperson for Mkhwebane has said that she will defend the matter in court "and not in the newspapers".
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