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Report: Thuli Madonsela pushes ahead with state capture probe

It’s being reported that Madonsela aims to complete her probe by the end of her term next month.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela appears to be pushing ahead with her probe into President Jacob Zuma following a request to the Cabinet last week that certain financial information be handed over.

The Sunday Times is reporting that she aims to complete her probe into the president, for allegedly allowing the Gupta family to influence his appointment of Cabinet ministers and heads of state-owned entities, by the end of her term next month.

The paper is reporting that Madonsela has written to Zuma, informing him of her probe for allegedly breaching the executive code of conduct for the third time.

Last week, Zuma paid R7,8 million paid for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home after Madonsela's report found that he and his family unlawfully benefited from taxpayers' money.

The _Sunday Times _says to build her case against Zuma, Madonsela is set out to interview about 23 top officials and members of his Cabinet.

Among them are seven ministers, a deputy minister and a former Member of Parliament (MP).

The paper also says she interviewed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan this week, asking him to provide any evidence he had of the Gupta family's influence on his Cabinet colleagues.

The Public Protector has apparently also spoken to Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, former minister of public enterprises Barbara Hogan, former African National Congress MP Vytjie Mentor and former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Earlier this year, Jonas revealed that the controversial Gupta family had offered him the top job at National Treasury.