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Public Protector: DA has compromised Molefe investigation

The Public Protector’s office says the DA revealed confidential information.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is in hot water with the Public Protector for revealing that her office will be investigating the circumstances related to a R30 million pension payout to former Eskom chief executive, Brian Molefe.

On Monday, the DA circulated a letter from Busisiwe Mkhwebane's office confirming their complaint would be probed by a senior investigator.

Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana says at issue is compromising the investigation.

On Monday, the DA said it was pleased the Public Protector was following up on its complaint because the payout would be a gross abuse of public funds.

The complaint followed similar ones already lodged with the Chapter Nine institution by the South African National Civic Organisation and the Freedom Front Plus.

But the Public Protector’s office says the DA revealed confidential information.

Spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana said: “It casts aspersions before finality of the matter, hence we are then saying disclosing information compromises the investigation.

The DA’s Natasha Mazzone says she doesn't believe the Public Protector's Act was contravened since the circulated letter was not marked confidential.