Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela has been confirmed to be the brain behind the leakage of Zuma’s interview on the controversial state capture.
The advocate said she “deliberately leaked” the audio recording of her interview with President Jacob Zuma‚ according to the Gupta-owned TV station, ANN7 report on Wednesday morning.
The private TV station quoted Thuli saying that “as a public protector‚ I made a decision that my interview with the president must be made public”.
She said she did this not because she wanted to show “evidence of state capture” but “as evidence that I gave the president a chance to answer me”.
Madonsela reminded her interviewer that Zuma had applied to interdict her report‚ saying he had not been given a chance to respond to her questions. Zuma later withdrew his bid to halt the release of her findings.
This comes after President Jacob Zuma flared up at the notice of the leaked interview into allegations of state capture. He went on to register his anger at the release of the audio conversation with the Advocate Thuli by lodging a complaint with the office of the public protector.
“The Presidency has sought clarity from the office of the public protector on the policy of the institution regarding the release of audio recordings of interviews conducted during the course of investigations,” Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga.
A transcript of the four-hour Zuma interview was made public by the office of the public protector last Wednesday‚ eNCA reported at the time.
The broadcaster then uploaded the audio recordings of the interview.
Madonsela also reminded her interviewer that Zuma had applied to interdict her report‚ saying he had not been given a chance to respond to her questions. Zuma later withdrew his bid to halt the release of her findings.
ANC Youth League’s Mlondi Mkhize was also quoted as saying there was “no justification” for the leak‚ and urging Zuma to take legal action against Madonsela.