Stop Confusing The Public On State Capture Commission: Mathole Motshekga Tells Public Protector


Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services today expressed its concern with the “conflicting and confusing” messages being relayed by the Office of the Public Protector regarding the remedial action of her predecessor.

Committee Chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, called on the current Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to respect the remedial action of her predecessor regarding the state capture inquiry. “That remedial action confines itself to what should form part of the inquiry. It is not for her to request an expansion of the terms of reference for the state capture inquiry. In fact, it is only the courts that have the power to amend or change the remedial action.”

Dr Motshekga said the calls made by Adv Mkhwebane are confusing to the general public and she must not “interfere” with the remedial action or scope of the inquiry. “The integrity of the remedial action should not be questioned and as the courts have previously ruled, the remedial action of the Public Protector is binding.”

He further appealed that any inquiry that is to take place in relation to the previous Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela’s report, should restrict itself to the remedial action as per her report on state capture.

Dr Motshekga said the Committee will take this matter up with Adv Mkhwebane when she appears in front of the Committee.

Issued by Parliamentary Communication Services on behalf of the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, Dr Mathole Motshekga

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  1. The PP once again articulated what she feels should be included in the scope when interviewed on SAFM yesterday. These are all matters reported to her office and related to the initial “investigation”. It will make no sense at all if the inquiry adopts a piecemeal approach to this single matter. The misinformation that she wants the apartheid-era capture and looting to be included is just that. Deliberate misinformation. But then again, why are those who have suddenly become the darlings afraid of this proposed broadening of the ToR? I am told that they detest corruption and that they would ‘bust’ it at first sight! Surely the suggestion by the PP provides them with an opportunity to do just that.No?

  2. What is Motshekga and company afraid of?
    Are they the ones who are really captured by WMC and therefore have to limit the scope to only the Gupta’s to defend themselves? Adv Mkhwebane is the PP now and she has the right to recommend the remedial actions now during her term of office. It can’t be right that whenever she does her work she is told to do what Thuli Madonsela did. Everyone knows that Thuli Madonsela didn’t do a proper job on her State of Capture Report but everyone one now want to hide behind that document called State of Capture Report which was rushed to prevent proper Investigations on this matter.
    Dr Motshekga, if you have got nothing to hide, then let the scope of the State Capture Investigations be broadened.
    But we have seen how Parliamentary Portfolio Committees operates these days.
    Just like Kangaroo Courts, they have predetermined outcomes.

    1. Well said Mzi!

      We are not confused!nor selective.

      We just want all corruption & state capture to be investigated

      These commissions cost millions of rands, so why can’t they be combined, as they all have common denominator which constitute to both state capture and unethical behavior.

  3. Is the extension or broadening of the scope of the enquiry confusing the general public or I am misunderstanding Mr Motshega?

    1. Cde Motshekga is saying the PP’s suggestion that the scope of the State Capture commission can be extended is not true and confusing the public.

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