Friday, October 19, 2007

The Democratic Alliance responds to Public Protector

By Rhodé Marshall
19 October 2007

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that the Public Prosecutor’s response to statements released by the media where he was questioned for his decision to end the investigation into the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba and to rather allow the portfolio committee to investigate as worrying.

“The Public Protector sets out in some detail why he feels the portfolio committee on Home Affairs is better suited for this investigation, yet for all his detailed reasoning he overlooks one simple and clear fact that the office of Public Protector is purportedly an independent institution,” says DA spokesperson Gareth van Onselen.

He says the Public Protector should handle the matter as most of the committee members belong to the African National Congress (ANC).

“The Public Protector is quite clearly more than happy to leave this matter up to the ANC to decide. The DA believes this decision is both short sighted, unfortunate and once again it appears that the Public Protector is doing his bit to help the ANC,” says van Onselen.


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