In an email sent to several staff in July 2017, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane instructs them to prepare letters for her to sign to former Free State politicians to respond to the allegations in Gupta’s emails.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Image: Sethembiso Zulu/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN – The impeachment inquiry into Busisiwe Mkhwebane has produced conflicting evidence over whether she wanted to ignore leaked Gupta emails in her investigation into the Vrede dairy farm.

While several witnesses told parliament that she also sought to protect politicians in the investigation, the public defender’s office presented evidence to the contrary.

In an email sent to several staff in July 2017, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane instructs them to prepare letters for her to sign to former Free State politicians to respond to the allegations in Gupta’s emails.

Chief of Evidence Nazreen Bawa questioned former provincial head of investigations Reginald Ndu about the email during cross-examination.

– Have I ever seen such a letter? – asked Ndu.

“To the Prime Minister, Minister and MEC Zwane for my signature on the Gupta leak allegations below,” Bawa said.

“I don’t remember seeing the letters, Chairman,” Ndu replied.

‚ÄúThis is in addition to the section 7(9) letters issued. Have you never seen them?” – asked Bava.

“No, I don’t remember seeing them,” Ndu replied.

Ndu testified that the emails would be useful in determining the flow of money from the project.

The final report of the Vrede Dairy Farm investigation, however, contains only one reference to their review.

The investigation is ongoing.

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