#MandelaDay: Mkhwebane gets hands dirty at orphanage

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has donated garden tools and seedlings to the Moepathutse orphanage which is home to over 50 children.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane works in the garden of the Moepathutse orphanage on Mandela Day. Picture: Twitter/@PublicProtector

JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane broke away from the tough talk, spending her Mandela Day at an orphanage in Stinkwater, outside Pretoria.

Mkhwebane, who has been under fire for her Ciex report in which she wants Members of Parliament to change a section of the Constitution that speaks to the South African Reserve Bank’s protection of the value of the currency, tilled the soil of the Moepathutse orphanage vegetable garden.

In line with government’s theme of intensifying the fight against poverty, the public protector said: “We are here as the Public Protector to show that this is what we are meant to be. One of the eight pillars of vision 2023 is to be there for the poor and marginalised. That is one aspect where we are serving to say, ‘we are here for you’.”

She says one of their commitments to the facility is to adopt a boy child to mentor, calling on other institutions to do the same.

Mkhwebane has donated garden tools and seedlings to the orphanage, which is home to over 50 children as young as nine months old.