PP to issue reports on Free State Government projects

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi


The Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, says investigations into the Free State Provincial Government Project – Operation Hlasela – and the taxi rank in the Bloemfontein CBD are almost complete. She says her office is, however, still due to write reports on the two cases.

She says her office has committed to prioritise cases which have been pending for a period of more than two years and to at least complete them before the end of this fiscal year.

“The Hlasela matter is also in the final stages, the investigations are complete and there will be a report written, but writing a report includes whether the compilation of the report will have a person implicated, if not we will just write a closing report. The taxi rank matter is also finalised, we will be issuing it.” Mkhwebane says she commits herself to issue these reports by the end of April.


The office of the Public Protector, under Thuli Madonsela, had previously issued a report on Operation Hlasela, where it was alleged that the Free State government’s 2011  Operation Hlasela Programme was similar in logo and colours to the ANC’s, thus indirectly promoting the ANC manifesto ahead of the elections; undermining the principle of fair play by giving the ANC an unfair advantage over other political parties in the run-up to the 2009 and 2011 elections.

The ANC, however, asked for the report to be reviewed.

The taxi rank in the Bloemfontein CBD, on the other hand, is reported to have a lack of space for all the vehicles and has since not been used.

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