The newly appointed South Africa’s Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she would not make the alleged and controversial state capture a priority during her tenure in office.
Advocate Mkhwebane who was freshly appointed to replace Thuli Madonsela will, in an interview to air on Thursday night‚ reveal why she believes her predecessor’s probe into state capture “can’t be a priority”.
She said this following the ongoing investigation by advocate Thuli on the alleged capture of state departments by SA’s influential family, the Guptas.
Days back, outgoing public protector Thuli confirmed that she would be inviting President Jacob Zuma for questioning over the matter.
This was confirmed also by the Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga who said the crucial meeting will take place this week, most likely on Thursday.
The long-awaited interrogation is the final leg of Madonsela’s investigation into “state capture” and allegations that Zuma allowed the Gupta family to influence his appointment of cabinet ministers and heads of state-owned entities.
The long-running probe kicked off in March this year after Madonsela received complaints from the Catholic Dominican Order and the DA on why “non-state actors” influenced the dismissal and appointment of ministers and implement undue influence on government processes for the benefit of [a private] company.
“We will hear his version of events and he may have information for us that we will need to compare with our own findings,” Madonsela said in an interview on Monday.
Meanwhile, advocate Mkhwebane said if her predecessor isn’t done with the state capture investigation, she will continue from where she stopped but will not make it her priority.
She said munites after her appointment as the people’s voice, that she is ready to do her job without fear or favor.
“I am so humbled, in fact I am out of words as to how thankful I am. I appreciate that the country has placed confidence in me to protect them. I am ready,”
She said Madonsela had done a great job carrying out her role as Public Protector and that she was now ready to continue where Madonsela had left off and attempt to do better.
“I will be ready to continue with it, being protected by the Constitution. I will be doing my job without fear or favor. It will depend on the work that has already been done. Our approaches obviously will not be the same, but I will be guided by the facts before me,” advocate Mkhwebane said