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Parliament, Thursday, 15 June 2017 – Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services welcomes the decision by the Office of the Public Protector (PP) to investigate some of the matters that arose from the so-called #GuptaLeaks emails.

Committee Chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, said: “This is the right decision. It will inspire further confidence from the people of South Africa in our Chapter 9 Institutions as watchdog bodies that take their responsibilities very seriously.”

Dr Motshekga’s comment comes after an announcement by the office of Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, that it will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine the merits of some of the allegations that were published as part of the #GuptaLeaks saga that points at various state-owned entities like Eskom, Prasa and Transnet, as it refers to improper or dishonest acts with respect to public funds. According to a statement from the Office of the Public Protector, the investigation will also look at the controversial reappointment of Mr Brian Molefe as head of Eskom.

“The Committee will further support the request by the Office of the Public Protector for additional funds to ensure more capacity for this investigation. We have full confidence in the Public Protector to discharge her duties under the Constitution and the law without fear or favour,” said Dr Motshekga.

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