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Guptagate: Will Madonsela investigate the saga?

Naledi Pandor accused the DA of trying to turn the public protector into its own detective inspector.

Naledi Pandor accused the DA of trying to turn the Public Protector into its own detective inspector.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela now has to decide whether or not to investigate the Guptagate saga after Justice Minister Jeff Radebe handed her the report of government's own investigation into the debacle.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has requested Madonsela to investigate the circumstances surrounding a delegation due to attend a Gupta family wedding at Sun City, but she must still decide whether she is going to.

Last month, Eyewitness News revealed that a chartered plane carrying guests of the Guptas landed at the Waterkloof Air Force base before being whisked to Sun City flanked by blue-light escorts.

Speaking in Parliament, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said government's report showed senior civil servants acted outside their authority and that President Jacob Zuma and his ministers did nothing wrong.

However, Pandor accused the DA of trying to turn the Public Protector into its very own detective inspector.

"They rushed to the Public Protector and all they are doing is harming the reputation of this vital and democratic constitution."

The DA's David Maynier said the report was likely to raise further questions in Parliament.

Pandor added that the opposition was sullying the positive contribution of Public Protector and other chapter nine institutions by attempting to make Madonsela a detective inspector of the DA.

OPPOSITION PARTIES FUMING

Opposition MPs were furious they were not given first sight of the government's report on the matter.

The report was released online by the Government Communication and Information System on Wednesday. But opposition MPs engaged in a snap debate on the scandal were not aware of it.

Radebe said the report was made public in the interests of transparency.

They accused the ANC of deliberately withholding the information.

Congress of the People MP Juli Kilian said it was unacceptable.

"It would have been the right thing to do to have the report tabled in Parliament before the debate. But this was deliberate."

The focus will now shift to Thursday's Defence budget vote. Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is expected to come under pressure over her role in the saga.

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