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Madonsela hopes to conclude Gupta probe by end of her term

Treasury has given the Public Protector a R1.5m to probe claims that the Guptas offered cabinet positions.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the funds that Treasury has made available for her office to investigate the Gupta Family will help in speeding up the investigation and hopefully finish it before her term ends.

Madonsela spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Temple Israel in Hillbrow earlier today.

Treasury has given the Public Protector a R1.5 million cash guarantee to probe claims that the Guptas offered cabinet positions to certain people.

Following revelations by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor that they were offered cabinet positions by the Gupta family, the public Protectors Office was asked to investigate the family.

And although Madonsela has been guaranteed half of the money she requested to carry out the investigation, she says it's better than nothing.

"My team and I were happy [when we received the funds]."

She says the money will enable her office to conclude the investigation soon.

"When you have dedicated resources it's possible to conclude something fast."

Madonsela says she doesn't want to commit to a date on when the investigation will be concluded.