ANC says it will interrogate public protectors indictment of Mbalula

Two years after a luxury Dubai trip, the public protector Busisiwe Nkwebane has uncovered details about the widely publicised vacation, thus indicting the former policre minister.

In a swift reaction, the African National Congress (ANC) says it will interrogate the findings of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane against its elections head Fikile Mbalula.

The Public Protector’s report found Sascoc supplier Sedgars Sport paid at least R300,000 towards Mbalula’s Dubai family holiday in 2016 while he was Sports Minister.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and AfriForum reported the matter to the Public Protector.

The ANC’s acting spokesperson Dakota Legwete says: “We still believe and have confidence in Comrade Mbalula’s version.

“We’ll still engage him going forward but now I’ll not want to pronounce whether he’s going to DC or integrity committee or whatever. There’s no decision at this stage.”

However, he says the party still has full confidence in Mbalula as elections head.

“What we’d advise is that if he’s known that comrade Mbalula reserves his right, both a private citizen and as a South African, to take this finding on review.

“So far, we’re in contact with him, he’s consulting legally, and once he’s done he will pronounce himself what sort of action to do going forward.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and lobby group AfriForum have welcomed the findings against Mbalula, saying a criminal investigation should follow.

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