Deputy PP denies investigating Abramjee SMS
Deputy Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka has clarified that she is not involved in an investigation into the 'leaked' Ismail Abramjee SMS regarding a pending decision by the Constitutional Court.
A News24 report says Gcaleka told the Office of the State Attorney – which is representing Parliament in the Busisiwe Mkhwebane High Court application to halt her impeachment process – that Mkhwebane's attorneys misrepresented her involvement in an investigation into the controversial text message.
Mkhwebane uses this supposed ‘investigation’, the police's investigation after she laid a complaint against Abramjee, and the Office of the Chief Justice's investigation as reasons why Parliament should suspend proceedings to impeach her.
News24 previously reported that according to the Public Protector, Gcaleka was also investigating the SMS sent by Abramjee to Parliament's legal counsel, stating that he had it ‘on very good authority that the Constitutional Court has declined to hear the Public Protector's rescission application’.
News24 says its reference to Gcaleka in a previous report was based on a letter Mkhwebane's lawyers sent to Parliament, imploring the Section 194 Committee to stop its work, pending these investigations and Mkhwebane's litigation.
Gcaleka, however, said: 'I have no knowledge of any investigation being conducted by Public Protector in respect of the leaked SMS regarding the CC (Constitutional Court) matter. Thus, I am not involved in any such investigation.'
She also repeated this in a letter to the State Attorneys and further stated: ‘The paragraph as far as it relates to me is a misrepresentation, thus the contents thereof are untrue.’
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