Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says the claim that she "watered down" the unsigned Vrede Integrated Dairy Project investigation draft provisional report‚ prepared by her predecessor Thuli Madonsela‚ was without any substance. Mkhwebane was responding to a statement issued by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) that Mkhwebane had deliberately curtailed the investigation and acted in a manner inconsistent with the demands of an independent office. Casac and the DA applied to the high court in February for the report to be set aside. Casac said in its court application that it obtained the record of decision from the public protector. It said the record revealed that a Treasury report‚ which had not previously been made public‚ pointed to the active involvement of then Free State premier Ace Magashule and then MEC for agriculture Mosebenzi Zwane in facilitating the unlawful project. Casac said the Treasury report recommended that disciplinary ...

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