Govt called on to boost funds for Public Protector's office

Thuli Madonsela yesterday said she requires more funds in order to investigate allegations of state capture.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - There are renewed calls for the Public Protector's office to be given additional resources after Thuli Madonsela said yesterday she needs more funds in order to investigate allegations of state capture.

Madonsela says she wants to look specifically at whether President Jacob Zuma allowed the Gupta family to choose ministers and other government officials, but that her resources need to be bolstered in order to do so.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis says the Public Protector's office should be adequately financed as it plays one of the country's most significant roles.

"I don't doubt that it's a very complex investigation, it's one that the country really needs done."

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has called on Justice Minister Michael Masutha to make extra funds available for Madonsela's state capture investigation.

His spokesperson Mabine Seabi says, "We're appealing to them to make this funding available."

But the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi believes that Madonsela's office shouldn't waste resources on Zuma, adding that he should simply step down.

"We are adamant that no money must be spent on him."

Madonsela announced earlier this year that her office is in desperate need of additional funds to fulfill its mandate.

The unfolding scandal around the Guptas took a dramatic turn after Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said he was offered sacked finance minister Nhlanhla Nene's job.

This led to calls for Zuma to resign.

WATCH: Jonas: Guptas offered me SA finance minister job.

Zuma denied Jonas' claims, saying only the president appointed ministers as per the Constitution.

The Gupta family has also denied influencing Zuma, saying they were pawns in a political plot against the president.

More recently, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said his investigation into state capture by the Gupta family had proved to be fruitless, as only one of the eight people who appeared before him sent a written submission.

Opposition parties have accused him of of deliberately ignoring a crucial report into alleged state capture by the Gupta family.