Thapelo Lekabe
Digital Journalist
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13 Aug 2016
12:32 pm

Gasa defends Malunga, says justice department shouldn’t ‘play dirty’

Thapelo Lekabe

Political analyst and gender activist Nomboniso Gasa has come to the defence of the deputy public protector.

Deputy Public Protector, Kevin Malunga.

Gasa has dismissed claims by the department of justice that deputy public protector Kevin Malunga did not work as state law adviser on the controversial 2012 Traditional Courts Bill.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday morning, Gasa questioned the motives of a statement released on Friday evening by the office of the Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, and the department of justice supposedly refuting claims that Malunga worked on the draft law and was speech writer to Radebe.

Gasa said she remembered working with Malunga on the traditional courts bill and he was a law adviser and speech writer.

Although Gasa refuses to mention which candidate she supports out of the 14 interviewed on Wednesday by Parliament’s special committee tasked with finding the next head of the chapter nine institution, she did oppose Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai describing him as “pompous  and disrespectful” and stated she had no opinion on Malunga’s possible appointment to the role.

She further prompted the department of justice to refrain from ‘playing dirty’ and make clear why there were objections to him becoming the next public protector.