Now that the “dust has settled” in the Nkandla saga, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is on to her next big case – the Gupta family’s alleged influence in the appointment of cabinet ministers.
With the Constitutional Court’s unanimous and stinging judgment ringing in everyone’s ears, Advocate Thuli Madonsela is ready for her next case…
“The Constitutional Court restored hope in the constitutional dream,” Madonsela said.
Madonsela has written to the Treasury requesting R3-million to investigate revelations by senior ANC members that they were offered ministerial posts by the controversial Gupta family.
Madonsela told The Times she had no choice but to investigate the complaint lodged by the DA as this was done under the Executive Members Ethics Act.
“The wording in the act is that the public protector must investigate,” she said.
Madonsela said she had to investigate not only the appointment of ministers but also all business licences and tenders issued to the Guptas.
She said this required additional resources, hence her request to the Treasury.
Madonsela said she could not celebrate the Constitutional Court judgment while an investigation by the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority for saying her remedial actions were binding was hanging over her head.
“I would celebrate if the NPA and the Hawks could at least send me a report that says they have stopped investigating me … I’m being investigated with the possibility of being prosecuted for holding this view … that my powers are binding,” she said.