Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has promised to speak with Sunday Times and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor for alleging that she filed a complaint against former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
Mkhwebane vented her anger in a statement released on Monday where she denied laying charges against her predecessor.
Mkhwenbane also turned her anger against Mentor for alleging that she did actually lay charges against Madonsela.
She stressed in her statement that she only requested for a case to be opened, in order to determine if the leaked audio recordings from the state of capture interview with President Jacob Zuma amounts to a breach of the Public Protector Act.
“It is not true that Adv. Mkhwebane laid charges against her predecessor. Instead, she opened a case at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria, requesting an investigation into the alleged leaks to establish if they amount to a breach of the Public Protector Act,” she said.
Mkhwebane disclosed that she decided to open the case after the Presidency and the Office of the speaker of the National Assembly filed a complaint in her office against the release of the audio recordings.
In addition, she claimed that her office had no choice but to open the case because failure to do so could compromise the trust that the public has in her office.
On 27 November 2016, the Sunday Times reported that the new Public Protector had laid charges against Madonsela for releasing the audio recording of her interview with President Zuma.
Madonsela had admitted to leaking the recording of her interview with President Jacob Zuma, insisting that she did so to prove Zuma was lying.
Many believe the alleged move to charge Madonsela is part of Zuma’s fight-back against his critics using Public Protector Busisiwe, who has been widely accused of protecting the state instead of the Public.