Public Protector considering legal action against DA over spy allegations

Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she considering suing the Democratic Alliance for claiming that she is a State Security Agency spy.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane briefs the media on her 100 days in the office of Public Protector. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

PRETORIA – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she considering suing the Democratic Alliance (DA) for claiming that she is a State Security Agency spy.

She made the comments at a briefing on her first 100 days in office in Pretoria on Thursday.

She also confirmed that she has filed notice to appeal President Jacob Zuma’s application to review the state of capture report but says she might change her mind after seeking more legal advice.

Mkhwebane listed several claims which contributed to what she termed a rocky start to her term in office.

“The spy allegations, the Gupta puppet, the changing of the CX report after meeting the president. So those are just sensationalism which has never happened.”

She’s now considering legal action.

“I’ll be meeting the legal team soon and then we’ll look into all those aspects, whether defamation or whether contempt.”

Mkhwebane says the staff has been welcoming, despite several recent senior resignations.

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'I DON'T HATE MADONSELA'

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.

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.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)