Mkhwebane 'won’t engage in public spat' with Madonsela

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she wishes to focus on the duties related to her office.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she does not want to engage in a public spat with her predecessor and wishes to focus on the duties related to her office.

Mkhwebane has responded to advocate Thuli Madonsela's comments that she is spreading 'fake news' and 'lies'.

Last week, Mkhwebane claimed Madonsela owed the Public Protector's office money for a 2012 accident involving her son and for the continued use of a state car after her term.

Madonsela, who says nearly R500,000 has been withheld from her pension fund, insists she owes the office nothing after the Auditor-General cleared her last year.

Mkhwebane insists there are no sinister motives behind the cutting of her predecessor's pension fund and the decision was made after seeking legal advice.

Her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe says, “She wishes to reiterate that she harbours no ill will against advocate Madonsela. She respects her and is thankful for her admirable contribution made to the South African democracy.”

Mkhwebane has acknowledged that advocate Madonsela did have permission from the police's VIP Protection Unit to use the state car after her term in office.

She says she was previously not aware of the agreement as all communication was with CEO Louisa Zondo, who resigned on the day the State of Capture Report was due to be released.

Mkhwebane adds she’ll be looking into the matter.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)