- First National Bank (FNB) is investigating payments made to Busiswe Mkhwebane's account
- These payments reportedly came from overseas
- However, the Public Protector insists there was nothing dodgy about the transactions
Busiswe Mkhwebane's bank account is currently under scrutiny for possible exchange-control violations.
This refers to money being moved between countries without first obtaining permission from a bank.
The account is reportedly being investigated by a high-level bank executive.
Some sources claim that payments had been made Mkhwebane's account from places such as Brussels and Paris. In some cases, these payments totalled thousands of dollars.
A spokesperson for the Public Protector has said that Mkhwebane had visited both of these cities while serving as a diplomat. The spokesperson added that the only foreign funds Mkhwebane had received had been deposited by her daughter-in-law's parents, who are based in Indonesia.
Mkhwebane has asked to be given more time in order to produce documents to show that there was nothing untoward about her bank transactions, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
According to the Mail & Guardian, these payments to Mkhwebane's account came to light as part of a wider investigation into money paid to various accounts from Gupta-linked sources.
Ever since the revelations of widespread state capture, many in South Africa have been highly suspicious of all unexplained payments emanating from foreign bank accounts.
However, Mkhwebane has denied having ties to the Gupta family. Additionally, there is no evidence to suggest that the funds paid to the Public Protector came from the Guptas.
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