President Jacob Zuma says he had filed a second affidavit that will have Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane confirm whether the state capture report compiled by Advocate Thuli Madonsela was final.
The president who was at the parliament to answer questions in the national council of provinces (NCOP) confirmed to have sent the affidavit on Tuesday saying he was officially notified that he was implicated in the report on October 2
The president also came in defence of his decision to interdict the state capture report from being published by the former Public Protector.
He said it was within his legal rights to interdict the publishing of the eagerly awaited report alleging also that Madonsela wanted to publish the report without “talking” to him.
“As a citizen of this country, I have a right … a legal right, to exercise my rights. And this it what I have done in terms of the public protector report. I interdicted it because she was going to issue a report having not talked to me or asked me a question. It is in fact within the act of the public protector that those who are to be questioned, they have a right to do what I have done,” Zuma said.
The presidency has served Madonsela with a notice stating that they are applying for an interdict against her draft report on “state capture”, which was due to be made public on October 2.
Meanwhile, Mkhwebane had said she would not be opposing Zuma’s first court interdict when the case is heard on November 1. Zuma also claimed he had not been given the opportunity to respond to Madonsela’s questions, but Mkhwebane has already said that she would be willing to give him another opportunity to make representations.
Reacting to this, Madonsela said she was not surprised her successors’decision not to oppose Zuma’s application to block the release of the state capture report.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners Gala dinner held in Sandton on Tuesday, she said she probably would have done same as Busisiwe if she were the new public protector
“She didn’t get the opportunity to meet with me and get a sense of my thinking, but even if she had gotten my thinking, she has a right to make her own decision.”
Madonsela, however, pointed out that she is not fazed by the African National Congress Youth League’s calls for her to be investigated, as the league is on the side of looting.
“The ANC Youth League has decided that it’s going to be on the side of looting. Every time I investigate something that suggests state funds have been looted, the ANCYL has always said I shouldn’t do that, so nothing fazes me.” Madonsela said.