Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has taken the lid off on why she released the state capture audio recording without Zuma’s consent.
Defending herself, Madonsela said she released the recording because she wanted to prove to the world that she actually gave President Zuma enough time to answer questions on state capture – Zuma severally alleged that Thuli didn’t give her sufficient time to go through the questions.
The audio recording of the high-profile interview was leaked to one of the top media houses. The four-hour interview centered on Zuma’s roles on the alleged state capture by the Gupta family while the transcript of the lengthy interview was allegedly leaked to South Africa’s broadcaster the eNCA.
In the meantime, the African National Congress (ANC) has moved to have former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela investigated over the leaked state capture audio recording.
The party on Wednesday said it has asked South Africa’s new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to determine if the former Public Protector’s act violated the Public Protector Act.
The ruling party’s decision to have Madonsela investigated comes hours after Madonsela admitted that she released the transcript of the audio recording.
ANC’s national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa argued that Madonsela undermined the reputation and credibility of her own investigation into state capture by releasing the audio.
“There can be no justification for such behaviour. This conduct fuels a public perception that she wasn’t independent and acted with impunity,” he insisted.
On Monday, Public Protector upheld that leaking of the audio recording is a violation of section 7 sub-section 2 of the Public Protector Act. She was reacting to Zuma’s complaints on the release of the audio.
A look at Madonsela’s questions to Zuma showed that she asked Zuma if the Guptas truly made Zuma’s son Duduzane a billionaire overnight; whether the influential family helped one of his wives buy a multimillion-rand house in an affluent Pretoria suburb, among others.