busisiwe mkhwebane 50th birthday

Photo: Busisiwe Mkhwebane / TW

Mkhwebane blasted for celebrating 50th birthday with state capture cronies

Mkhwebane denied any conflict of interest in the presence of her dodgy guests at her birthday party.

busisiwe mkhwebane 50th birthday

Photo: Busisiwe Mkhwebane / TW

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, whose one foot out of the Public Protector’s office, has been probed about some of the guests she invited to her 50th birthday celebrations.

Mkhwebane turned 50 on 2 February 2020 which coincidentally was a palindrome day. Her golden jubilee celebrations were scheduled for Saturday 8 February and while this is none of our business, some of the guests who showed up to her party did raise a few eyebrows.

Mkhwebane criticised for partying with figures she is investigating

DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone noted in a statement that “while this in itself is of no general interest, some of the guests who attended the party most certainly are.”

“Her number one fan, Dali Mpofu was there, along with the dubious Bongani Bongo. Bongo spent a large part of his tenure in the fifth Parliament trying to outdo his ANC colleagues on the Justice Portfolio Committee in seeing who could treat the previous PP with the most discourteous contempt. He then eagerly competed for the post of Praise Singer in Chief of the current PP, particularly during his whirlwind stint as Minister of State Security, during which, rumour has it, he spent more time in her office than in his own,” Mazzone charged.

Also in attendance was the Estina Dairy Farm-linked ex-Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane who is currently being investigated by the office of the Public Protector.

“In August last year, the PP announced that her office had undertaken a new investigation into Estina, where politicians would be held to account. This investigation, the results of which have yet to be shared, must of necessity include the machinations of Zwane.

“Yet he reportedly shamelessly cavorts at the birthday celebrations of the person who is investigating him,” Mazzone added.

Public Protector shrugs off outrage

Mkhwebane was probed about the shoddy guests she invited to her 50th birthday celebrations. She denied that there was any conflict of interest in the presence of Zwane, Bongo, ex-NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba, at her golden jubilee celebrations.

Mkhwebane added that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy, David Mabuza, were also invited but, unfortunately, did not honour the invite with an appearance.

“I will continue to do my work without fear or prejudice irrespective of who attended the celebration,” she tweeted.

Mazzone criticised Mkhwebane’s tone-deafness to the implications of a Chapter 9 institution head partying with the very same figures who are implicated in her office’s investigations.

“The staggering impropriety thereof aside, this PP, despite a cacophony of views to the contrary, insists that she has both read the Constitution and understands her mandate, and is fit and proper to hold office,” the DA chief whip noted.