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Madonsela investigating over 10,000 cases

The Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said her office was currently investigating more than 10,000 cases.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN
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CAPE TOWN - The Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Sunday said her office was currently investigating more than 10,000 cases.

In the Western Cape, Madonsela's office has been probing a land deal between the City of Cape Town and media group Naspers.

An investigation into a communication contract between the provincial government and TBWA Hunt Lascaris is also underway.

Madonsela said she had a lot of work on her hands.

“We have more than 10,000 investigations currently going and of those, more than 2,000, are complex investigations. Some are being investigated and some are literally waiting for a full investigation to start.”

She said while Treasury had granted her more investigators, it was still not enough.

“There’s a strain because the number of investigations has increased, and so has the complexity of investigations. We are increasingly struggling to strike a balance between being swift and fast and being thorough.”    

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Madonsela found the Western Cape’s controversial communications tender was invalid.

In 2011, Zille said she would resign if Madonsela found any “corruption” in the awarding of the TBWA Hunt Lascaris tender, but she has since changed her tune.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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