State capture report to be delivered to new Public Protector

2016-10-17 12:29
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete (Parliament TV)

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete (Parliament TV)

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Cape Town - The contentious report on "state capture" will be bounced back to the Public Protector's office on Monday.

National Assembly secretary Masibulele Xaso told News24 on Monday that Parliament was in contact with the office of the Public Protector.

"The report will be delivered today," he said.

The report will be delivered into the care of new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who started the first day of her seven-year term on Monday.

This after former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday sent the report to Parliament for safekeeping.

But on Friday Parliament said the report would be sent back to the Public Protector.

"The Speaker has an obligation in terms of the Rules of the Assembly to table all documents received for the information of Members, in order to ensure that the business of the Assembly is conducted in an open and transparent manner. This report however cannot be handled in the same manner. The report will accordingly be returned to the Office of the Public Protector," Parliament said in a statement.

READ: Parliament turns down request to keep 'state capture' report safe

However, the institution did an about-turn on Saturday, after meeting with African National Congress chief whip Jackson Mthembu.

The ANC on Saturday said Speaker Baleka Mbete would keep the report under lock and key until Monday.

Furthermore, Mbete distanced herself from the earlier communication from Parliament, which had essentially rejected the report.

On Monday, Mbete also announced in Parliament's papers (Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports) that the report would be returned.

"A letter dated 14 October 2016 has been received from the Public Protector, requesting the Speaker to preserve and keep safe the report on an ‘Investigation into complaints of alleged improper and unethical conduct by the President and other state functionaries relating to alleged improper relationships and involvement of the Gupta family in the removal and appointment of Ministers and Directors of State Owned Entities (SOES) resulting in improper and possibly corrupt award of State contracts and benefits to the Gupta family's businesses’, until her successor assumes office. The report will be returned to the Office of the Public Protector."

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