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‘You exist to support democracy‚’ new public protector on maiden visit to Parliament

By Bianca Capazorio | Oct 19, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 41 ]

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has hit the ground running in her new role‚ appearing before Parliament on Wednesday morning to present the organisation’s 2015/16 annual report and to ask for additional funding.

Mkhwebane and her team received a warm welcome from committee chair Mathole Motshekga who assured her of the its “fullest support” and told her that her role had been clarified by the Constitutional Court ruling.

“You exist to support democracy‚” he said.

Mkhwebane‚ meanwhile‚ said her focus would be on “empowering people at grassroots level”‚ tackling a case backlog and improving staff morale‚ which is low.

What next for Thuli Madonsela?

Her deputy‚ Kevin Malunga‚ said that Mkhwebane had since Monday undergone “a packed induction programme”.

Mkhwebane‚ outlining some of the biggest challenges for her office‚ said the case management system had crashed‚ and raised the issue of office infrastructure.

In a bid to tackle funding issues‚ Mkhwebane said a moratorium had been placed on international flights since Tuesday.

She requested an additional R28-million in funding for the 2016/17 reporting year and R71-million‚ R82-million and R87-million for 2017/18‚ 2018/19 and 2019/2020 respectively.

Motshekga said he welcomed Mkhwebane’s “refreshing approach” towards dispute resolution‚ using negotiation as a tool rather than approaching the courts.

He said her role was important because “we can’t have a government that is characterised by maladministration and corruption”.



– TMG Digital/Parliament






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former employee of the department!!!

Oct 19, 2016 10:46 | 2 replies


Do you have a proof or just have the ability to say stupid things all the time?

Oct 19, 2016 11:46 | 1 replies


Respect - are you saying that our new PP is a liar and she never worked for them?

Oct 19, 2016 12:55 | 1 replies


I doubt thie Respect guy know this is public info!

Oct 19, 2016 1:30 | 1 replies
Oct 19, 2016 1:31 | 0 replies


First thing on her mind ..MONEY...why cant she clean office maybe rearrange it ..LOL ANC first

Oct 19, 2016 12:56 | 0 replies


Wow, seems like if we read between the lines Mkhwebane is changing focus. Lets see if they will give her more moola than Thuli

Oct 19, 2016 10:47 | 1 replies


you will get the moola if we come meet you and amend or edit some of the reports you just received.

Oct 19, 2016 10:55 | 1 replies


Yes, i am starting to shake now

Oct 19, 2016 11:3 | 0 replies


Lots of pressure on Busi - let's give her a chance, though. It will soon be apparent which direction she is leaning to.

Oct 19, 2016 11:2 | 0 replies


Not to be trusted. up until that report is released.

Oct 19, 2016 11:2 | 1 replies


Don't think they will bribe her and do some dodgy stuff? If you pay attention to detail she is busy with staff morale in her Department

Oct 19, 2016 11:9 | 0 replies


Nothing new here, even Thuli ask for additional funds to complete the state capture report but treasury dololo. I wish her all the best though

Oct 19, 2016 11:6 | 1 replies


They always made sure she did not have enough funds dololo, you need to stop your tribalism and start mixing with other races causes we are so tired of your ugly faces and rude behavior

Oct 19, 2016 11:11 | 2 replies



Oct 19, 2016 11:18 | 3 replies


Wow my mom's cookie wow.I don't have interest to bad mouth your mom or mention her genitals. The world has already punished you as you are null and void

Oct 19, 2016 11:21 | 0 replies


Uyu Interlecta u vuwa a tshi daha mini mara naa?

Oct 19, 2016 11:23 | 1 replies


Ahhh ndi heneya majita maswa are a khou nyaga udi dumisa hafha

Oct 19, 2016 11:25 | 1 replies


vhone vha na maanda au tambisa muhulwane

Oct 19, 2016 12:23 | 1 replies


Ahhh ndo bva khae kale muhulwane wanga

Oct 19, 2016 12:36 | 0 replies


Actually Venda i changed my mind, marete a papago this is not your home tribal town this is SL. Mmago ono bula maoto papago a monyoba entlek sebono sa kokwago o fisha ke marete ngwana wa moloi masepa a mmago mafana son mosono wa rakgoloago le bolaya ke marete ga geno masepa

Oct 19, 2016 11:27 | 1 replies


Yah ke mo rogile, ka tla ka ikhutsa phoofolo ya go nkga mahwafa

Oct 19, 2016 1:46 | 0 replies


@INTERLECTA you Pedi and he s Venda so why put the race thing? how many languages do we have in SA and they all equally Nyamianu doesn't mean your mom genitals, you sound like someone who is so ignorant

Oct 19, 2016 11:51 | 1 replies


Ok what does it mean then? cause i am fuming

Oct 19, 2016 11:55 | 2 replies


It mean u are fuming for nothing

Oct 19, 2016 1:9 | 0 replies


It means exactly that (Mother's genitals).

Oct 19, 2016 1:13 | 1 replies


They think we ignorant not to learn other languages

Oct 19, 2016 1:39 | 1 replies


why are u worried about ur mother's genitals, isn't like ukho nyaga u vha vhiya?

Oct 19, 2016 2:20 | 1 replies


Ke boni fela gore le wena o kwa masepa phela lena leso le go nkga mahwafa

Oct 19, 2016 2:26 | 1 replies


lenore rekho joiner SL rekho tamba masepa. Stupid Tribalism boys, you injure one monkey and you will deal with a storm of packed baboons ready to intimidate you. la nya mavenda ke lena le no ba di ga m##rs

Oct 19, 2016 2:29 | 1 replies


Hahahahahahaha!!!! *dead*.

Oct 19, 2016 3:49 | 0 replies



Oct 19, 2016 11:10 | 0 replies


does Mathole Motshekga knows what the constitution is all about?

Oct 19, 2016 11:15 | 0 replies


this one she is captured!!!

Oct 19, 2016 11:16 | 0 replies


Here is the key sentence:
Motshekga said he welcomed Mkhwebane’s “refreshing approach” towards dispute resolution‚ using negotiation as a tool rather than approaching the courts.

Negotiations are outside public record, who knows what is said and agreed upon? Who rules on whether what it said is truthful or not?

Oct 19, 2016 11:23 | 1 replies


We should be worried, she is captured!

Oct 19, 2016 11:34 | 0 replies


how are you going to empower grassroot level people while the top level is destroying everything,
what are you going to empower them on?.

though i must commend the fresh approach because following your predecessor shows lack of vision,
but you must ensure that you protect that grassroot level against the abuse from top level who think they have a constitutional right to loot with impunity.

Oct 19, 2016 12:8 | 0 replies


so mathola refused to give Thuli money but now want to give this spy money

Oct 19, 2016 12:55 | 0 replies