Public Protector office lacks money to conduct investigations

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane told portfolio committee on Justice that her office doesn’t have money for travel costs to do site visits and to conduct investigations.

Mkhwebane told members of parliament that the office didn’t even have money to employ specialists.

“We have an R29m shortfall, we also don’t have the budget for travel costs to do site visits for investigations.”

She said this on Tuesday while briefing the justice portfolio committee on her planned performance targets and budget for the coming year.

Mkhwebane further said lack of resources led to the low morale at Public Protectors office.

She, however, told members that her office has a target of 30 investigative reports per annum, adding that they planning on finalisation of 10 systemic investigations.

“We aim to be impact-driven such as addressing poor service delivery, and improving good governance,” she said.

Meanwhile, acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Nonhlanhla Dick said the R310m budget was insufficient and the R250m of this goes to salaries and that R52m is for goods and services for service delivery.

The briefing is still in session in Cape Town.

-TNA Reporter

 

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