The media are attacking me with lies, Public Protector Mkhwebane says

The media are attacking me with lies, Public Protector Mkhwebane says

- Embattled SA Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has come forward to complain that the media is targeting and attacking her

- Mkhwebane told this to attendees recently at a discussion panel at the University of the Western Cape

- The Public Protector also explained that she had received threats recently

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At a recent panel discussion hosted at the University of the Western Cape, South African Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, opened up about her difficulties with local media.

Mkhwebane voiced that she believes certain SA media entities have written and promoted lies about her, the Daily Maverick reported.

The SA Public Protector opened up about her tenuous relationship with the media, explaining that she has been insulted a number of times, being called a “moron” and a “criminal”.

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Mkhwebane went on to tell attendees of the panel that threats had also been made against her life.

“Threats to silence me, poison me, because I am touching a nerve,” Mkhwebane explained. gathered that the Public Protector also proceeded, at the event, to renounce the claims made about her.

According to Mkhwebane, the media are directly targeting her, telling the world that she is “captured by the Guptas” and is a “spy beholden to Zuma”.

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Mkhwebane also expressed her anger at journalists who reportedly interviewed her mother without permission.

Journalist and political analyst, Prince Mashele, who was present at the panel, met Mkhwebane’s claims with skepticism.

“I don’t buy this projection of the public protector as a victim,” said Mashele.

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