- Mar 26, 2010
More at: https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/investigation/2141759/madonsela-calls-mkhwebanes-decision-to-close-waterkloof-investigation-a-mystery-reportThe former and current public protectors continue to butt heads, this time over the Gupta family’s controversial aeroplane landing.
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has continued to weigh in on the work of her successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, this time calling into question her office’s decision to close the investigation into the Gupta family’s hugely controversial 2013 aeroplane landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base, according to a report in Business Day.
Madonsela told the publication that the Waterkloof investigation had been completed and that all that remained was for Mkhwebane to issue a report.
The former public protector said she reached out to the office after Mkhwebane reportedly incorrectly claimed that there was no public protector investigation into the matter, adding that her office went on to then close the investigation.
The reasons for this, according to Madonsela, are a “mystery”.
Mkhwebane, meanwhile, told Business Day that the investigation was halted because new events had “overtaken” the need for it to be concluded.
The investigation centred around accusations by Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson that she had been made a scapegoat in the matter following the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster investigation into the incident.
Mkwhebane said that this investigation led to a military inquiry into Anderson’s role in granting clearance for the landing, but that this inquiry had since been dropped and the case against her had been withdrawn, meaning a report on the matter would have served no purpose.