Ahead of a judicial review of the state capture report, Thuli Madonsela has called on President Jacob Zuma and other implicated ministers not to pull a fast one on the report like they did with the Nkandla upgrades.
The former Public Protector made this known following an announcement by the ANC that President Zuma and the implicated ministers have resolved to review the controversial report.
“As a citizen of this country my advice, unsolicited of course, to anyone who is impacted or affected by this report is, don’t make the same mistakes that were made with Nkandla. Taking the report on review is not going to help anyone,” she said.
She disclosed that her successor, Mkhwebane, was right when she said it won’t be worthwhile to make a guilty verdict on those implicated by the report until the report goes through judicial review.
Madonsela also pointed out that her report only made observations and not findings, stressing that the commission of inquiry would be the only entity that would make final findings.
She denied that her report tried to stop Zuma from appointing judges that would head the state capture commission inquiry as alleged by the ANC last week.
On Zuma’s scathing attack on her, Madonsela maintained that she cannot be barred from airing her views on any matter in the country because she is a citizen of South Africa.
Speaking on Sunday, the defiant advocate, however, used the medium to ask President Zuma for forgiveness, if he feels that she has offended her.
“I apologize to the president if he feels that I have a personal vendetta against him, I don’t,” Thuli said.
She maintained that although the Public Protector Act prohibits the leakage of evidence or information during an investigation, the Act also authorizes her to act otherwise if she wishes.
Last Friday, the presidency released a strongly worded warning statement, advising the former Public Protector to back off from attacking him and releasing a further statement on the state capture report.
Zuma’s statement was issued hours after Madonsela admitted that she released the audio recording of the state capture interview with Zuma.