South Africa’s new Public Protector wants South Africans to quit calling her names like ‘Zuma’s protector’.
She promised South Africans that she has no business protecting Zuma, that her job is to protect the people, and that she wouldn’t think twice about coming after Mr Zuma whenever his actions amount to misconduct.
Commenting on the insinuations that she’s Zuma’s protector at a community meeting in Khayelitsha today, the Public Protector said:
“I am here to defend and to implement the Constitution. And I need to categorically state, the Constitution provides for the rights of everyone.
“So, I am not here to protect one person. My role is to protect the public…I am not defending the president.
“If the president has committed misconduct or there is a service failure from the president, the president will be investigated,” she stated.
Again, she defended the complaint she tabled with the SAPS (South African Police Service) over the leaking of audio tape interviews connected to the State Capture investigations.
Adv Mkhwebane pointed out that Madonsela’s interviews with Zuma, the EFF leader – Julius Malema, and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, had been leaked.
With that, she asserted that the leak ought to be investigated to protect the integrity of her office.
Acknowledging that the previous Public Protector admitted that she made the Zuma interview public, Mkhwebane indicated that Malema and Mentor ‘s interviews were subsequently leaked.
As such she asked: “…why must we not ask the police to investigate to determine who is the source?”
Mkhwebane refused to comment on Zuma’s application for a judicial review of Madonsela’s State Capture report saying her office is yet to grasp the grounds for the application.