Zuma wants state capture investigation deferred

2016-10-06 19:36
President Jacob Zuma (File)

President Jacob Zuma (File)

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2016-10-07 07:30

We hear from the incoming Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.WATCH

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma wants the investigation into alleged state capture deferred to incoming Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, says outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Zuma and his legal team spent the bulk of their four-hour meeting on Thursday arguing that Mkhwebane take over the probe, she said in a statement.

The lawyers said there "wasn't enough time to conclude the matter properly and that there was no reason for the investigation to be prioritised".

She described the meeting as "cordial" and said she was told Zuma had not had time to prepare answers with legal advice, given the investigation timelines.

This was despite her advising him, in writing, on March 22 about the allegations against him, including his suspected breach of the Executive Ethics Code.

After lengthy deliberations, it was agreed that Zuma would be given a set of questions and that he would provide answers in an affidavit. He would meet the public protector again to provide answers on matters needing clarity.

Madonsela's interview with Zuma formed part of her investigation into the alleged involvement of the Gupta family in the appointment of Cabinet ministers and board members of state-owned enterprises.

Madonsela was also probing the Gupta family’s alleged improper and possibly corrupt influence in the awarding of state contracts and licences to companies it had links to.

Madonsela leaves office this month. Zuma appointed Mkhwebane as the new public protector for a seven-year term, with effect from October 15.

The presidency has yet to respond to the statement.


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