New Public Protector holds back release of #Zupta state capture report, as her CEO resigns

President Jacob Zuma may have given up his court battle to block the release of a report into allegations of widespread state capture involving the Gupta family and billions of rands – but behind-the-scenes there seem to have been moves afoot to keep key details from the public domain. The state capture report was prepared by Thuli Madonsela, the Public Protector until last month. Her successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, was clearly taken off-guard by Zuma’s legal team abandoning an attempt to halt the release of the report. She said earlier that she wants to be certain that “all is clear”: before releasing the report. Is that code for checking back with others? Hopefully not, because her office is supposed to be independent and serve as the ultimate check on corruption. Not inspiring confidence in Mkhwebane’s motives for delaying the release of the report is that the CEO of the Public Protector’s office, Louisa Zondo, has announced her resignation. Zuma might have given up the fight in court, but you can bet he’s fighting for survival – calling in favours wherever he can. There is this case and other issues that have been reported to the Public Protector. Madonsela had a reputation for standing her ground without fear or favour. However, questions have been asked whether Mkhwebane was installed to protect some powerful people. Let’s hope Mkhwebane moves quickly to release the state capture report in full and makes other moves to assure the nation that she is of the same ilk as her predecessor. The High Court in any event has ordered that the #Zupta state capture report must be released within hours, but there are other cases of corruption at the highest levels that should be prioritised in the best interests of the nation. – Jackie Cameron

By Jenni Evans

Cape Town – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has to be certain that “all is clear” before her office can release the “state capture” report, her spokesperson said on Wednesday.

New Public Protector Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane
New Public Protector Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane

This after President Jacob Zuma’s surprise withdrawal of his interdict against it on Wednesday.

“The [Public Protector] has noted reports that the president has withdrawn his application for an interdict,” said spokesperson Oupa Segalwe.

“We don’t have a problem releasing the report, except we need to be sure that all is clear. As you would know, there is still the application by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to consider. We are closely following developments on that, as well as the current proceedings in court.”

Zuma’s withdrawal ‘right thing to do’ – Madonsela

“The [Public Protector] has noted reports that the president has withdrawn his application for an interdict,” said spokesperson Oupa Segalwe.

“We don’t have a problem releasing the report, except we need to be sure that all is clear. As you would know, there is still the application by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to consider. We are closely following developments on that, as well as the current proceedings in court.”

Public Protector CEO resigns

By Angelique Serrao

Johannesburg – The Public Protector’s office confirmed on Wednesday that its CEO Advocate Louisa Zondo has resigned.

Spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi told News24 that Zondo had handed in her resignation citing “personal reasons” for her departure.

Masibi said that Zondo would be serving one month’s notice.

Zondo referred all questions to the media spokesperson saying she was about to go into a meeting. – News24

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/breaking-public-protector-ceo-resigns-20161102

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