The Democratic Alliance has lashed out at our new Public Protector for not standing up to Jacob Zuma, by choosing not to oppose his interdict to block her predecessor’s ‘state capture’ report.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s in for a bumpy seven years – as are we – if her first week in office is anything to go by.
Mkhwebane – whose appointment the DA opposed, claiming that she was a ‘spy’ for the state security agency – hasn’t exactly done much to allay fears about where her loyalties lie, as in just one week she’s chosen to let the president dictate what her office should do with reports containing potentially damaging information about him and his mates the Guptas. The family that reportedly also enjoys the new public protector’s favour when it comes to her choice in news broadcaster.
“The DA will fight in court on 2 November to ensure this meritless interdict brought by Jacob Zuma as a stalling tactic is thrown out of court. The report into State Capture must be made public “as soon as possible” so that the recommendations therein – which are legally binding – are auctioned,” the party said, referring to Zuma’s attempts at blocking the state capture report from being made public.
“I requested this investigation back in March this year, for then Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela, to investigate the alleged project of State Capture by President Zuma and his friends – the infamous Gupta family,” alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said.
The DA added that Madonsela had made it clear that her report was complete and ready to be released, before she left office last week.
“However, Jacob Zuma, knowing full well that the explosive contents of this report, and its recommendations would be binding on him, has approached the North Gauteng High Court to interdict the release of this report based on frivolous and unsubstantiated reasons.”
The report currently sits with new PP Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who doesn’t seem to be cut from the same cloth as her predecessor, as she won’t be challenging Zuma’s plans to have the report shelved.
‘The DA has joined this case, and will be in Court on 2 November to fight Jacob Zuma’s interdict and ensure this report is released and made public.”
“It is concerning that the new Public Protector – after just two weeks in office – is increasingly showing signs of being subservient to the Executive. This is not only counter to her constitutional mandate, but also does not instil confidence in the public that she will in fact carry out her duties without fear, favour or prejudice,” Maimane said.