Protector's cases 'too selective'
HIGHER Education Minister Blade Nzimande has accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being too selective in her investigations following several negative findings against some government ministers.
At a SACP dinner on Thursday, the party's general secretary Nzimande said Chapter Nine institutions were being used by opposition forces and "Polokwane grievers" trying to run the country "from the grave".
Nzimande said while Madonsela had been quick to investigate complaints against ministers, she has dragged her feet looking into other cases.
"I don't want this to be read in a negative way, I support the Public Protector, I think [it] is very important that she goes into the issues but she is selective.
"It appeared in the Sunday World, and I stand corrected, that she has been sitting with a complaint from the SABC from February last year, but if it is the police [commissioner], she will [investigate] within a week. There is selectivity, and it is too glaring."
Since Madonsela took office , she has concluded complaints which have led to President Jacob Zuma sacking some ministers.
Among those fired include former corporate governance minister Sicelo Shiceka and public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, while suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele is awaiting an outcome of the presidential-commissioned inquiry into dodgy police headquarter lease deals more than R1-billion.
Nzimande said Madonsela's speedy findings raised a few questions as to whether her office was being used to target those who were not favourites within the tripartite alliance.
A spokesman for Madonsela could not be reached yesterday.