Madonsela plans to meet Zuma on Thursday to discuss Guptas

The Public Protector is looking into claims he turned a blind eye to the family’s influence on government.

FILE: Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing Public Protector advocate Thuli Madonsela says she expects to have a meeting with President Jacob Zuma on Thursday to discuss allegations that he enabled or turned a blind eye to the Gupta family's influence on government.

On Tuesday one of the Gupta brothers - Ajay Gupta - was intensely interrogated for several hours by Madonsela at her Pretoria office.

This investigation stems from revelations by deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor that they were offered ministerial positions by the controversial family.

Madonsela says she will also look into why Cabinet got involved in the Gupta family's dispute with the four major banks.

"The complainant said we should look into why Cabinet got involved in the dispute between the Gupta family and the banks. Shouldn't this be a matter for the regulatory institutions that deal with such matters? Is it usual for the Cabinet to get involved in private matters?" says Madonsela.