South Africa: Busisiwe Mkhwebane's Big Fat Fishing Expedition for Radebe Report

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When the story of how the capture of the state during the Zuma years is finally written, it will show just how much we need to celebrate the sheer incompetence of some of those deployed to subvert our young democracy in order to hoover up unimaginable mounds of public funds. In this episode, Busisiwe Mkhwebane tries to strong-arm Inspector-General for Intelligence, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, into releasing the Radebe Report into the SARS 'Rogue Unit'.

A case in point is a leaked, taped, hour-long conversation between a delegation from the Public Protector's office, led by Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and the current Inspector-General for Intelligence, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, and his legal adviser, Jay Govender, which took place in January 2019.

The discussion, during which Mkhwebane at some point gently threatens to invoke "higher powers" to charge Dintwe should his office not surrender a classified 2014 report by former inspector-general Faith Radebe, is a comedy of errors that would be thigh-slappingly hilarious, were it not so damaging to South Africa's body politic.

From the discussion, it is clear the inspector-general and Govender at some point appear to be under the impression that the public protector is there to inquire about the State Security Agency's completely rogue...

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