Mashatile test looms for Public Protector
Public Protector (PP) Kholeka Gcaleka, noting the institution she leads is 'stabilising', said its most important work is ensuring that it produces quality investigations.
A News24 report suggests one of these investigations might once again be politically explosive after the FF Plus laid a complaint at the Office of the PP last week. It is asking for an investigation into how Deputy President Paul Mashatile's sons benefited from government contracts.
Gcaleka took the reins at the office from Busisiwe Mkhwebane in October, a month after Mkhwebane became the first head of a Chapter Nine institution to be removed after being found guilty of misconduct and incompetence.
‘The institution is stabilising; it is much calmer,’ Gcaleka said at last week’s Sona.
‘A lot of work has been done. As I have previously reported, we have implemented substantive methods and measures to ensure that we transform the institution. We are busy with that, particularly we are looking at strengthening our human resources, our capacity as an institution. We are digitising the institution to ensure that we are more responsive. We are also reforming our outreach programme to ensure that we are datacentric which would actually inform our investigations. But most importantly, we are working hard to ensure that we produce quality investigations.’
The investigation of the Deputy President's sons may form her first serious test as PP.
As reported previously, FF Plus chairperson and a Gauteng MPL Anton Alberts last week asked her office to investigate the Gauteng Government's contracts with Mashatile's sons, Thabiso Mashatile and Tinyiko Mvelase.
Netwerk24 reported earlier in the week that within the space of three months in 2022, Thabiso Mashatile and Mvelase obtained three contracts with the Gauteng Government.
News24, in a wide-ranging continuing investigation, has also reported that several people in Mashatile's orbit have benefited from gov ernment contracts and that Mashatile benefits from their largesse.
The DA has demanded that Ramaphosa fires Mashatile and ask the SIU to investigate.
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