Busisiwe Mkhwebane unsure of state capture court case

2016-10-20 15:43
New Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

New Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Pretoria – Newly appointed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she is still not sure whether she will oppose or agree with the applications filed at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the state capture report when she files her affidavit tomorrow.

Mkhwebane held a media briefing at her head office on Thursday where she reflected on her first week in office and unpacked some of the issues she was quizzed on in Parliament when she appeared on Wednesday. These included decisions to refuse foreign donor funding, the naming of investigation reports and some of her priorities in the job.

"It's up to the court to decide if that report [on state capture] is finalised or not ready for publication or which direction that report must take," she told journalists.

President Jacob Zuma and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen have applied for an interdict to prevent the report's release.

Mkhwebane, who has never seen the report, said it was under lock and key in a safe in the office of the head of legal services.

Although she said she wouldn't receive the finalised report and rework it, there might be a need to do so if one of the complainants asks for more information.

"Unless there is a complaint from the applicant to say I need additional things to be added. Then we can look at the report."

In an attempt to further clarify the position the office finds itself in, her deputy Kevin Malunga said these were uncharted waters.

Mkhwebane said she had not yet seen the report. It was delivered to her office in a sealed envelope.

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