Change channels to Gupta TV, new public protector orders staff

Public Protector of South Africa, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Jacques Nelles

TV sets at the public protector’s office have now been tuned into ANN7, the Gupta owned 24-hour station.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane has set out to effect changes in office a week into her new job as public protector.

According to Mail and Guardian, she asked staff to have all TV sets switched to ANN7 from eNCA because staff needed to watch a variety of news.

“She told the CEO she wants the TV channels changed to ANN7, and this was communicated to the IT [people] who were able to change it.

“The CEO told the guys in IT to change it as per the public protector’s instruction. It’s not like anyone will die if it’s changed back, but she asked that it be changed,” a source told the publication.

Mkhwebane confirmed this, explaining that in future, depending on what was relevant, she may request a switch to CNN so staff can take in international news.

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Mkhwebane’s role has already come under intense scrutiny when, after she started work, she told parliament that her office faced many challenges including low staff morale.

She also said she would put an end to donor funding, investigate a car crash involving Thuli Madonsela’s son in 2012 and prioritise old reports.

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