Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has assured South Africans that report on the South African business family – the Guptas would be ready before she leaves office.
As disclosed by the defiant advocate; her office has been investigating allegations of state capture by the Guptas and all Gupta family business dealings with the state; to establish if there had been any corruption or improper conduct.
Madonsela’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe had confirmed earlier that the office of the Public Protector was specifically asked to look into tenders or state contracts; mining licenses; and advertisements on the New Age newspaper.
“We are doing our best to complete all investigations that are in our hands. We are not 100% sure if they will be complete but we will have a report,” Madonsela told reporters at the Rhema Bible Church’s Truth Be Told conference.
BuzzSouthAfrica reliably gathered that apart from an investigation into perceived shady business deals of the family; Madonsela is also conducting an investigation into the alleged state capture, as requested by the Democratic Alliance.
DA’s Demand From Public Protector Thuli Madonsela
The opposition party had approached Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in Parliament on the basis of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act; requesting her to also get to the bottom of suspected breaches of the executive ethics code by Zuma in relation to Cabinet appointments.
The DA’s demand was in reference to the startling confession made by two senior ANC officials. Former MP Vytjie Mentor made claims that she was approached by the Gupta family for a ministerial position; while President Jacob Zuma was in the same house with her.
While deputy finance minister Jonas also divulged that the Guptas approached him last year; to offer him former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s job before Nene was sacked; in exchange for favorable executive decisions and beneficial business interests.
It’s no news that the Gupta family are close allies of President Zuma and have been accused severally of influencing major decisions like the cabinet appointment in the present administration.
Meanwhile, presidency Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Thursday that cabinet has agreed to comply with a subpoena by Madonsela; demanding that she be supplied with declarations by ministers as part of her probe into allegations of state capture.