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Aug 3 9 tweets 4 min read
[#PPInquiry] [#PPhearing]
Futana Tebele, a Senior Manager supporting the CEO in the Office of the PPSA, is a new witness currently testifying in the Section 194 Committee that is probing Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office.

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Evidence leader (Adv. Mayosi): some employees say the the PP, Adv. Mkhwebane harassed to set deadlines in dashboard meetings.

Tebele: My observation is that deadlines were given, either by investigators or executive authority.

Tebele: I cannot comment on reasonableness and lack thereof. In some cases, the matter/investigation would be there for 3 years, and investigators would say they need more time. Deadlines were given under certain contexts.

Tebele: It is difficult to say what is a reasonable deadline and what is not a reasonable deadline. I did not see Adv. Mkhwebane reprimanding people during monitoring meetings as victimization. My observation is that the PP did not harass or intimidate employees.
Tebele: In the Vrede investigations, I was not involved. When I came in, the investigation was in the Freee State, when it came to the office, I was not part of it. There was an opinion, the Vrede Diary Project there was talk about private/public partnership...

Tebele: Opinion to check whether there was a private/public partnership. Mr. Nemasisi requested me to check private/public partnership, the Vrede Dairy project was not registered as such. It did not meet the criteria.

Tebele: I don't recall discussions about Gupta leaks.

Evidence leader, Adv. Mayosi: You told Mr. Ndou to drop the issue with Gupta leaks?

Tebele: Discussing Gupta leaks, I don't remember it in the Vrede Diary investigation. I only heard of Gupta leaks in the media.

Tebele: When I started at PPSA there were about 2 or 3 meetings of the ThinkTank

Adv. Mpofu: Discontinued by Adv. Mkhwebane?

Tebele: ThinkTank came after along time, met quarterly. PP wanted reports sooner, seamlessly. It was attended by Provincial representatives
...and they would stay here, so costs came with it. ThinkTank did not add value to timelines as to when PP wanted to issue reports.

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