Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete has officially rejected outgoing Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela’s request to keep the alleged state capture report safe, prior to the ruling on the court injunctions aimed at blocking its release.
The Parliament in a statement, on Friday night, confirmed receipt of a letter from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela requesting its speaker to keep the report safe. The statement also insisted that the speaker must reject the offer so as to ensure transparency.
Consequently, Mbete has pledged to return the state capture report to the office of the Public Protector. Thus, the report will have to remain there pending when Thuli’s successor assumes office.
Parliament’s full statement Regarding state capture report
Parliament‚ Friday‚ 14 October 2016
Earlier today the Speaker of the National Assembly‚ Ms Baleka Mbete‚ received a letter from the Public Protector‚ Ms Thuli Madonsela requesting that she preserves and keeps 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 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 outgoing Public Protector was due to release her investigative report on state capture Friday. However, applications that the court interdicts the release by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen and President Jacob Zuma disrupted the whole process.