SACP, Nehawu at odds over Pravin Gordhan, Mkhwebane’s investigation

This comes a day after SA Communist Party second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila claimed that Mkhwebane was a “hired gun”. Mapaila said Mkhwebane’s office was used to delegitimise individuals.

“Particularly those who fight back whom rogue elements in the intelligence don’t agree with, so that finally there could be adverse rulings against them,” Mapaila said.

He added that the cases Mkhwebane was investigating were moral cases and not criminal ones.

Why is she only investigating Ramaphosa? 

Mantashe also questioned the validity of her investigation into alleged money laundering during Ramaphosa’s campaign for ANC president.

“There were seven presidential candidates of the ANC. She is not interested in any of them, except one. That is political. If she is really interested to follow the question of fundraising of campaigning in the party – not in government – which I don’t think is her jurisdiction, if she has an interest in that, she would have investigated seven of them. Once you select one ,you are playing a political role.”

Mkhwebane initiated an investigation into Ramaphosa after the DA requested that she probe the R500 000 donation.

This, after Ramaphosa initially responded to a question from DA leader Mmusi Maimane, saying the R500 000 was a payment to his son Andile for work done. Days later, he wrote a letter to then National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to correct this.

In her preliminary report last month, she found that Ramaphosa had “inadvertently” misled Parliament and had failed to declare the R500 000 donation to his 2017 ANC leadership campaign from Watson.

News24 has contacted the Public Protector’s office to request comment on Mantashe’s and Mapaila’s comments. The office indicated that it was considering its comments.

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