Mkhwebane's spokesperson responds to backlash over birthday guests

Mkhwebane's spokesperson responds to backlash over birthday guests

- Busisiwe Mkhwebane's questionable birthday party guest list has invited some controversy

- The Public Protector is supposedly investigating former minister Mosebenzi Zwane

- However, the embattled ex-minister was invited to attend Mkhwebane's 50th celebrations

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Busisiwe Mkwebane raised a few eyebrows when she invited former minister Mosebenzi Zwane to her 50th birthday celebrations. gathered that corruption accused Bongani Bongo had also been invited, bringing the Public Protector's impartiality into question.

Former EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu, ATM policy head Mzwanele Manyi and ex-senior NPA Nomgcobo Jiba were also spotted at the event.

Zwane was accused of being a central figure in the notorious Estina dairy farm project, which came under the microscope of the state capture inquiry.

News24 spoke to Accountability Now boss Paul Hoffman who dubbed it 'extremely inappropriate' that the man accused of accepting a R500 000 Gupta bribe attended the party.

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Hoffman slammed the Public Protector for being hospitable to someone she was meant to be investigating:

"It is another indication that she doesn't have a cooking clue of what she is supposed to do."

Mkhwebane spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, defended the Public Protector's guest list:

"The guest list for advocate Mkhwebane's 50th birthday party comprised politicians, people from the legal fraternity, colleagues, family and friends. Among the politicians who were invited were President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza. Ms Jiba comes from the legal fraternity and is under Pabasa [Pan African Bar Association of South Africa], which is a project the Public Protector supports for the transformation of the legal profession. Mr Bongo, like the Public Protector, comes from KwaNdebele. Mr Zwane came with Mr Bongo. Accordingly, there was nothing wrong with the guest list."

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