New Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has finally broken her silence on allegations that she is President Jacob Zuma’s lapdog.
Mkwebane’s reaction comes days after DA leader Mmusi Maimane publicly asked her to state if she’s for Zuma or South Africans.
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In her reply, the Public Protector Busisiwe said her job is not to protect the president but to deliver the constitutional mandate of the country.
Speaking on the sidelines of a community meeting in Khayelitsha on Thursday; Busisiwe maintained that her office won’t hesitate to launch an investigation against Zuma any day he misbehaves.
“If the president has committed misconduct or there is a service failure from the president, the president will be investigated. 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. So I am not defending the president,” she said.
Public Protector Busisiwe Comments On Audio Leakage
On the brouhaha over the leaked audio recordings of Zuma’s interview with Madonsela, Busisiwe said Madonsela’s action needs to be investigated to protect the integrity of her office.
Few weeks, former Public Protector Madonsela admitted that she released the audio recordings of her state capture interviews with Zuma, EFF leader Julius Malema, and former ANC MP and whistleblower Vytjie Mentor.
Madonsela’s confession surfaced after President Zuma and National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete filed an application in the office of the Public Protector, requesting her to unearth how the audio recording fell into the hands of the media.
According to the endearing advocate, she released the recording to prove to the country that she actually gave Zuma enough to answer her questions on the State of Capture.
Zuma had claimed that Madonsela didn’t give him enough time to go through the numerous questions – thus, the reason why we initially interdicted the release of the report.