JOHANNESBURG- Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the public protector, has set the record straight to the Portfolio Committee On Justice and Correctional services, as the Committee had called for to explain about comments that the her office did not have financial resources or capacity ti investigate the Gupta leaks.
In a released statement, Mkhwebane said, “This is despite the fact that a media statement on the matter was issued by the committee at the weekend already,”
“It erodes public confidence and slowly chips away at the integrity of democratic institutions when we don’t engage those institutions constructively, but rather use our social capital to bully and bulldoze others into parroting our world views.
She expressed her dissatisfaction of using the media to communicate with the committee and not personally.
“We will defend the brand of the office of the Public Protector, we will defend the integrity of our work and we will defend the dignity of the hardworking people that make this institution work.”
“The committee has a constitutional obligation to assist and protect the office of the Public Protector so as to ensure the office’s independence, impartiality, dignity and effectiveness,” she said.
Committee Chairperson Dr Mathole Motshekga explained why they made the decision to go public, they were “extremely disturbed”, he went further to say, “despite the fact that it is not clear to her as to which public utterances will be the subject of the meeting in Parliament on Wednesday, Mkhwebane has confirmed her attendance.”