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Mon Oct 24 05:28:58 SAST 2016

Maimane demands copy of state capture report from new public protector

TMG Digital | 19 October, 2016 08:55
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane the new Public Protector. File photo

Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday that there is no “reasonable justification” that new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane can deny his demand to be furnished with a copy of the report into state capture.

“As the complainant in this matter‚ I am entitled by law to be provided with a copy of this report‚ which has been completed according to outgoing public protector‚ advocate Thuli Madonsela‚” the Democratic Alliance leader said.

“…Madonsela’s statement that the state capture report is final and cannot be changed means that the current report must be handed over to the complainant‚” Maimane added. “It’s just that simple.

“The report is complete‚ and there exists no reasonable justification to not furnish the complainant with the report – never mind make it public as constitutionally mandated to.” He noted that it “must be open to the public unless exceptional circumstances require that a report be kept confidential”.

“What has become clear is that the contents of this report are explosive. The fact that (President) Jacob Zuma‚ and his lackey (Cooperative Governance Minister) Des Van Rooyen‚ are seeking an interdict against the release of this report shows that the president is petrified as to what the report contains‚ and desperate to stop it from being made public.”

Maimane said he had written to Mkhwebane to demand a copy of the report‚ which was placed in the care of the Speaker of Parliament‚ Baleka Mbete‚ after Madonsela last Friday decided not to release her report as initially planned.

Madonsela’s delay in issuing it came after applications by Van Rooyen and Zuma threw a spanner in the works.

The report will remain in safekeeping until a ruling is made by the court in November.

It deals with allegations that the Gupta family had influenced the appointment of members of the cabinet.


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