South Africa’s new PP Busisiwe Mkhwebane will today receive the long-awaited, contentious state capture report as she starts the first day of her seven-year term.
The long-awaited report ought to have been returned to the new PP on Friday after National Speaker Baleka Mbete received the report and announced she would send it back to Mkhwebane that same day.
“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 report will accordingly be returned to the Office of the Public Protector,” Parliament said on Friday.
However, after a meeting with ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu on Saturday, the institution decided to keep it “under lock and key” until Monday.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, on Friday, handed the report to Parliament following President Jacob Zuma and COGTA minister Des Van Rooyen’s interdictions. Their interdictions were the primary reason why the report wasn’t published on Friday, as widely anticipated.
Meanwhile, the DA has asked Parliament not to return the report to PP Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The blue block rather asked Mbete to table the report before honorable MPs, as doing so would ensure that Madonsela’s request is fully adhered to.
“This is vital for the proper and effective functioning of the institution. We desperately require a working Parliament which acts as the apex of accountability. The letter should be made public without delay,” DA said.
The major opposition party insisted that Madonsela’s report must not be amended come what may and that the letter should be made public without delay.
The state capture report embodies 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.