Mkhwebane allegedly tampered with report to protect senior ANC members

Mkhwebane allegedly tampered with report to protect senior ANC members

- A whistleblower has released an affidavit which alleges that the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane doctored the Estina dairy report to protect ANC officials

- The affidavit alleges that Mkhwebane ordered her investigators to remove critical evidence implicating Ace Magashule and Mosebenzi Zwane

- Mkhwebane denies the allegations and has labelled the whistleblower as a 'disgruntled employee'

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A damning affidavit by a whistleblower alleges that the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane ordered an investigator to remove critical evidence which implicated ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and former minister Mosebenzi Zwane in the Estina dairy farm project. learned that the scheme, which was linked to the Gupta family, siphoned off R250-million in taxpayer's money through the holding company, Estina. The whistleblower alleges that Mkhwebane removed information pointing to the intended beneficiaries of the plot.

The whistleblower goes further to allege that not only Magashule and Zwane be protected but that Mkhwebane ordered her investigators not to use any information from the #GuptaLeaks or make any findings against any politicians according to the

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“We were accordingly forced to remove any adverse findings contained in the report against any politician, including Mr Ace Magashule, the Premier of the Free State at the relevant time, and Mr Mosebenzi Zwane, who was the MEC for the Free State department of agriculture at the time,” the affidavit reads.

The affidavit was sent to the National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday.

Mkhwebane has rubbished the claims made by the whistleblower as:

“Baseless claims and ramblings of disgruntled current and former employees.”
“The intention is clear: to influence the mooted parliamentary process to remove me from office. I will respond substantively in due course.”

The whistleblower's identity is only known to a few trusted source but what is known is that he/she is a senior staff member in the office of the Public Protector. The whistleblower also took part in the Estina investigation.

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“On February 8, 2018, the investigation team was instructed to report to Adv Mkhwebane’s boardroom for a meeting with her. During the investigation, Adv Mkhwebane instructed us to remove material information relating to the investigation, including information relating to the inflation of goods and information relating to beneficiaries,” the affidavit continues.
“Adv Mkhwebane indicated that she did not care whether the report was reviewed or not.”

Both Magashule and Zwane had been vocal supporters of the Gupta family, with Magashule’s working for the wealthy family from India.

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