The new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is in no rush to release the report on state capture.
Yesterday Mkhwebane said she wouldn’t release a report on allegations of political interference by President Jacob Zuma’s dealings, pending completion of a court case on the matter.
The investigation was done by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the unreleased report is also being held by the Speaker of Parliament.
Wednesday was her third day at the office and her first visit to Parliament and Mkhwebane told the Justice Portfolio Committee that she wants to focus on the “grassroot cases” and not necessarily “high profile” matters.
She told MPs: “Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean I am going to give high-profile matters less attention. I intend instilling a culture of resolving disputes and people’s concerns through negotiations – and speedily.”
The court will on November 1 hear an application by Zuma that the state capture report be held back because he has not had the chance to review any evidence that implicated him.
The Gupta family and the companies they control are the subject of the official investigation into allegations that they have had undue influence over Zuma.