Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane calls on concerned South Africans who have questions on the recently released State capture report to direct their questions to her office.
The recently released report compiled by former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has seen more South Africans raising questions on parts not clear, especially with those implicated who claim they were not given time to respond to the questions before the report was released.
Brian Molefe, Eskom’s boss is among those who have slammed the report claiming they were wrongly mentioned in the report because advocate thuli failed to give them time to relate with her question.
In her statement made on Thursday night, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane said the controversial report is the property of the office of the public protector “as an institution” and any questions about it should be directed there.
“If members of the media need any information about the report‚ including how it was released and how the investigation was done‚ the office has the ‘institutional memory’ to explain all of that,” Mkhwebane said, reiterating that she took over the office with all its successes and failures and that is why she went to Parliament to present an annual report that was not prepared by her.
The public protector’s office also noted that advocate Mkhwebane was happy to receive specific questions on anything to do with the report and the investigation that preceded it.
The report implicates senior government officials and their relationship with the influential Gupta family. Among them are Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen‚ Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane‚ Eskom CE Brian Molefe and President Jacob Zuma’s son‚ Duduzane.
The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday ordered Mkhwebane to release the report before 5pm the same day after her plan to further delay the release of the report on the claim she had to correct errors in the report failed.
This came after President Jacob Zuma withdrew his application to interdict the release of the report.