Durban - The leader of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) said he decided to donate to the Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane fund because the Public Protector “has been personally attacked.”
On Friday, ATM’s leader Vuyo Zungula donated an undisclosed sum to the fund and refused to reveal the exact amount, saying it was meant “to avoid analysis on the amount because it is not about the amount but rather about the principle of justice and fairness.”
Justifying the donation, perhaps the first one to be publicly made by a leader of a political party, Zungula said he had to prove by deed that he supports Mkhwebane.
“Advocate Mkhwebane has been personally attacked and this is beyond disagreeing with the institution. It’s a personal attack meant to make her not to do her work without fear or favour. This is because the ruling class wants to maintain the status quo and ensure no-one ever goes against them. As a South African who wants equal treatment and all to be equal in the country, it is my duty to support people who are victimised when doing their job,” Zungula said.
Zungula, whose party has in the past issued statements in support of Mkhwebane, said the office of the Public Protector is a quasi-judicial body, yet no personal costs have ever been handed to any member of the judiciary even though a number of their rulings get overturned by higher courts.