Public Protector’s report on Mandela funeral funds expected

FILE PICTURE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela will shortly release her reports on the controversial landing of the Gupta jet at Waterkloof Air Force base and the Nelson Mandela funeral funds.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the launch of a book on human resources ethics today in Johannesburg, Madonsela said her office was investigating why Eskom’s Medupi project still has not contributed the power it was supposed to have contributed.

“And perhaps when we conclude the Medupi investigation, we will look at whether or not those stalled projects are partly to blame for the insufficient electricity.” Madonsela’s office has been investigating the multi-billion rand Medupi projects for the past two years.

Her future investigations include alleged unnecessary tenders, over billing and collusion at Eskom.

The public protector said she will also release her reports on the Free State’s mysterious Operation Hlasela, service delivery protests relating to RDP houses and the health services.

The cash-strapped SA Post Office and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA reports are also in the pipeline. She also expressed concern about the instability of the institutions such as the Hawks and Sars. “I am as any other citizen, is concerned over the instability in these institutions,” said Madonsela.

“It is important that the heads of these institutions are able to be there over a reasonable period of time to create constitutional stability.” Madonsela added that some of the investors have raised questions about the government’s capacity to attract and retain the right people in state institutions.

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