DA flays Mushwana on Gigaba probe 'U-turn'

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

The Public Protector, Lawrence Mushwana, pictured, has been cri-ticised for stopping his probe into allegations of corruption involving Home Affairs Deputy Minister Malusi Gigaba.

The DA's home affairs spokesman, Mark Lowe, said yesterday Mushwana should not let parliament do the work of questioning Gigaba, because parliamentary committees had less power than he has.

The home affairs committee is expected to question Gigaba about the allegations.

"The DA feels it is more important that the Public Protector continues with his investigations as he had already begun almost a month ago. It would be a waste of time and energy to suspend the investigations now. In addition, parliament can only call Gigaba to answer questions, but has limited powers thereafter, while the Public Protector does not face such limitations."

Gigaba has been accused of using taxpayers' money to buy flowers for relatives and also running a personal organisation from his office.

Mushwana's spokesman, Charles Phahlane, said he found it "strange" the DA should be protesting about the situation. He said the Public Protector conducted investigations and made recommendations to parliament on any action to be taken. He said now that parliament had decided to conduct its own inquiry, it would make "no sense" for Mushwana to continue his probe.