Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has accused state security minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba of interfering with the functioning of her office and has laid criminal charges against her. This was after Letsatsi-Duba failed to hand over a declassified document to Mkhwebane, which was needed in connection with her investigation into the alleged violation of the executive members ethics code by public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, the public protector said on Wednesday. The charges were laid at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria on March 13. “It is my respectful view that the minister’s failure to avail the declassified report as subpoenaed amounts to contempt of the public protector and interference with the functioning of my office, and is therefore an offence,” Mkhwebane said. Letsatsi-Duba was appointed state security minister in February 2018, after President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to office after the resignation of Jacob Zuma. The state security ministry could not ...

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