To end off the year, public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released three reports that had the country talking on Wednesday.
Mkhwebane found that former police minister Fikile Mbalula violated the constitution by asking Sedgars, sporting goods supplier for the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), to pay for his family trip to Dubai in 2016.
Mbalula said he had obtained a R648,000 loan from Sedgars to go on the holiday. But Mkhwebane said she did not have any evidence that Mbalula obtained a loan before going on the trip to Dubai. She said there was evidence that Mbalula paid R275,000 into the account of the company that paid his travel expenses.
Mkhwebane said it was inappropriate for Mbalula to have entered into a “loan agreement” with Yusuf Dockrat, “a director of a company doing business with Sascoc”.
She did not recommend any action against Mbalula, as he is no longer a member of cabinet. However she did order the NPA to investigate possible money laundering.