When Parliament was searching for Thuli Madonsela’s successor, there was an anxious wait for the name and, when Busisiwe Mkhwebane was announced as the new Public Protector, there were mixed feelings about her. Now recent occurrences at Mkhwebane’s office have raised a lot of eyebrows. These are some of the problems.
1) One of the first things she did when she took office was to change the channel on the office TVs from eNCA to Gupta-owned ANN7.
2) Shortly after Madonsela’s explosive State of Capture report was released and the then Eskom CEO Brian Molefe — who was heavily fingered in it — resigned, Mkhwebane said that his departure was a great loss for the public sector. “I mean honestly it’s a loss for the country.”
3) Mkhwebane lodged a criminal complaint against Madonsela. She said the move was to “protect the credibility” of her office. The charge related to the leaking of recorded interviews including that of Madonsela and President Jacob Zuma.
4) She was accused of lying. Yep, former ANC Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor called out Mkhwebane for claiming that she had laid a complaint against Madonsela.
“I was a whistle-blower. I was the first person to be interviewed by Thuli [Madonsela]. I have also been defending her on my Facebook wall. Why would I lay a complaint against her?” said Mentor.
5) She sent Madonsela’s chief of staff packing and he was marched out of the building over claims he was a threat to her security. Bonginkosi Dhlamini said the new Public Protector sent her bouncers to usher him out. Dhlamini was shifted from his position when Mkhwebane took over and was temporarily moved to the office of the CEO as the senior manager: strategy support. His employment was then terminated in December and Mkhwebane offered to settle the remainder of the months on his contract.