Mkhwebane: I don’t hate Thuli Madonsela

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says the tension between herself and Madonsela has been created by the media.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

PRETORIA - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she doesn't hate her predecessor Thuli Madonsela, but has confirmed she has docked funds from Madonsela’s gratuity to pay for damage to her state BMW as well as use of the vehicle after her term of office had ended.

The advocate was speaking at a briefing on her first 100 days in office in Pretoria on Thursday, where she also announced she has filed notice to oppose President Jacob Zuma's application to review the state of capture report.

Madonsela's son crashed her official vehicle, causing damage worth about R450,000.

“I don’t hate advocate Thuli Madonsela. We worked together and even before the audio was released, we spoke.”

Mkhwebane says the tension between herself and Madonsela has been created by the media.

She confirmed that funds have been docked from Madonsela’s gratuity to pay for damage to her state BMW, as well as an additional R37,000 for using the car for a month after her term of office had ended.

“Remember we are dealing with taxpayers’ money so that amount needed to be paid. We are still engaging a state attorney to advise us as well, until the matter is resolved.”

It’s understood Madonsela is challenging these payments.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)