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Public Protector boosts legal centre to better enforce remedial action

Busisiwe Mkhwebane says the Public Protector budget will need to be reshuffled in order to accommodate the move.

FILE: Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has told parliamentarians the office’s legal centre is getting a boost in an effort to ensure remedial action is better enforced.

Mkhwebane on Wednesday briefed the ad hoc committee looking into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board’s fitness to hold office.

She told Members of Parliament (MPs) it’s incorrect to say there is a board, because Chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe is the only remaining member.

She says her office is beefing up its legal centre which will work in conjunction with the compliance manager.

Mkhwebane says the Public Protector budget will need to be reshuffled in order to accommodate the move.

She has told MPs the SABC board has not implemented any of the remedial action laid out in a report by her predecessor Thuli Madonsela.

Mkhwebane has asked Justice Minister Michael Masutha to offer support by creating a framework for government departments to comply and cooperate with her office’s investigations and remedial action.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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