Corruption probe: Mkhwebane lets top politicians off the hook

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Corruption probe: Mkhwebane lets top politicians off the hook

Protector says there’s a ‘rationale’ behind closing the probes into Muthambi, Joemat-Petterson and Mbete

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Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has closed a number of investigations into several high-ranking political leaders – including former speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete, former energy minister Tina Joemat-Petterson and former communications minister Faith Muthambi – on the basis that the corruption, ethical violation and maladministration accusations against them were “not substantiated”.  

Mkhwebane said on Thursday her office had prepared “closing reports to mark the end of these matters”, which would be available to the public so that they could understand the “rationale” behind her decision to shut down these investigations. These reports have yet to be released because of technical issues caused by load-shedding, Mkhwebane’s office said. 

Mkhwebane closed her investigation into “allegations of conduct failure” by Joemat-Petterson, during her time as energy minister, in relation to “the Nuclear Build Programme”. The then minister signed an inter-governmental agreement with Russian nuclear agency Rosatom in September 2014, which opened the door for the conclusion of an estimated R1-trillion nuclear deal with Russia. That agreement was set aside by the Western Cape High Court...

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