Johannesburg - The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said on Wednesday it is investigating a criminal charge laid against embattled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Hawks boss Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya confirmed the probe on the sidelines of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators conference held in Rosebank, Johannesburg, said spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
"The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation confirms that it has received a formal complaint that was registered at Ocean View SAPS in Cape Town recently against the Public Protector. The investigation is still at a foundation stage and it will be looked at with the necessary attention it deserves."
Non-government organisation Accountability Now director Paul Hoffman laid charges of perjury, defeating the ends of juice and maladministration against Mkhwebane in Cape Town, according to media reports.
In a statement, Hoffman said the criminal complaint would be investigated by the Hawks, while the maladministration complaint against Mkhwebane would have to investigated by her deputy, Kevin Malunga, as she cannot investigate herself.