Speaking to radio presenter Bongani Bingwa, Samuel claimed Mkhwebane’s litigation was focused on her personal agenda and not on matters that enhance the jurisprudence of the office of the public protector.
Samuel is also calling for parliament to investigate low staff morale at the public protector’s office.
“There is reigning atmosphere of fear and intimidation. We are not able to do our jobs.”
According to Samuel, “critical” information relating to the Estina dairy farm investigation was ignored.
“The investigation was concluded in 2014. I had to sign it off to the head office. The draft the public protector released and the one we sent had material differences,” Samuel alleged.
He said the information that was “ignored” related to ANC secretary-general and former Free State premier Ace Magashule and ANC MP Mosebenzi Zwane.
Samuel said he submitted the affidavit to parliament because he and his colleagues felt Mkhwebane was being protected by the committee to which they lodged their complaints, within the office of the public protector.
He said he was encouraging his colleagues to come forward.