Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her office have officially washed their hands of state capture, handing over the mammoth task of investigating the allegations solely to the judicial commission of inquiry headed by Judge Raymond Zondo.
Lack of funding
In a lengthy statement on Thursday, which consisted of more than 2,000 words, Mkhwebane outlined the reasons for which her office cannot pursue investigations into state capture and corruption, one of them being a lack of resources and funds.
“My office has not been properly resourced, despite the important role it plays in South Africa. The Public Protector remains one of the most independent corruption busters and Chapter Nine institutions. However, Parliament has failed to properly resource this institution,” she said.
“In the current financial year, despite the fact that I have requested and motivated for a budget of at least R1-billion, the National Treasury has cut this institution’s budget by R8-million. As a result of the above and considering the nature of the issues to be traversed and available resources, my will not be able to properly investigate all the allegations of state capture, as reported after the publication of the state capture report.”