President Jacob Zuma has lodged a fresh complaint with the office of the new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
In the complaint, Zuma requested the office to clarify its policy on the release the audio recording of his interview with former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on October 6.
Reports had it that the audio recording of the high-profile interview was leaked to one of the top media houses in South Africa after President Zuma finished an interview with Madonsela.
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.
The broadcaster reportedly publicized the interview and also got it uploaded.
Speaking on behalf of President Zuma, spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said: “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, alongside other cabinet members, are currently feeling blue after they were implicated in the state capture saga. The report was authored by Thuli Madonsela and has thousands of followers within and outside the country.
The report was released last week, against all odds, after Zuma withdrew his interdictory application. The dramatic move came as thousands of people from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) took to the streets of Pretoria to demand his immediate resignation.
In the meantime, Public Protector Busisiwe has promised to launch an internal investigation on how the audio record dropped into the hands of the broadcaster. She affirmed that the act is a violation of section 7 sub-section 2 of the Public Protector Act.