Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane says he is taking Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report on review, both on substantive and technical grounds. He added that generally there are issues about how Mkhwebane behaves and conducts herself.
This at the backdrop of a damning report released by the Public Protector implicating Mabuyane, MEC of Public Works Babalo Madikizela as well as the provincial ANC, for unduly benefiting from an R1.1 million meant for the memorial service of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018.
Mabuyane has accused Public Protector of not following proper procedures in tabling this report. He is confident that a court of law will rule in his favour, adding that Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is not fit to hold office.

Mabuyane says Mkhwebane ignored every fact that was presented to her when she arrived to the conclusion that is in the report.

“She deliberately decided to ignore every fact, that is exactly how she has arrived at that. So now the court will help her understand the role of the office she occupies. That office is so important, it should be protected in our constitutional democracy, it is about the future of this country. We cannot just have people who are going to be reckless about it. That report was served before the NEC of the ANC and the Integrity Committee of the ANC has done its due diligence having looked at the details and substance with all facts, the facts that the Public Protector decided to ignore.”

EFF opens case against Mabuyane and others

The EFF in the Eastern Cape has since opened a case against Mabuyane,  Madikizela as well as the Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe at the Bhisho Police station.

EFF’s provincial chairperson Yazini Tetyana says the party is vindicated by the Public Protector’s report.

“When we said we are not participating, some of these people who cannot think properly said no the EFF is politicking, we cannot be politicking on matters that are of importance, there is no way so we raised this thing. We said we can’t vote for these people because these people have been fingered on having misappropriated funds from the municipality so they have had to answer first before they can assume the office. They have assumed the office, the EFF is vindicated by the Public Protector’s report.”

Meanwhile, Mabuyane says he is not surprised that there are calls for him to step down by opposition parties.

“There is an obsession generally about me. We know their attitude, the province is relatively stable. They are doing every trick in the book to destabilise. They are actually opportunists that we all know, they are using this simply because it is their electioneering strategy, it is not a new thing, it is not surprising, it has been a concerted effort to discredit me, to rubbish me, to recreate me to be something that I am not. I am not going to be that thing at any time. I am consistent, I am focused, I am doing my work, I am leading the province, I am leading government.”

Mabuyane’s attorneys are expected to submit legal documents in his quest to review the report this coming week.

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane to challenge Mkhwebane report: