Madonsela appeals to Zuma to break his silence on state capture investigation

Yesterday, the Presidency released a statement asking Madonsela not to conclude the investigation.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has once again appealed to the President to answer questions that have been put to him regarding her investigation into state capture.

Yesterday, the Presidency released a statement asking Madonsela not to conclude the investigation or release a report until he has had the opportunity to question the witnesses who have supplied her with evidence.

Madonsela says President Jacob Zuma has changed his mind on two occasions about answering the questions, saying it is in the interest of public trust that the matter be concluded expeditiously.

She met with Zuma last week at an unknown location to ask him questions related to her investigation into the controversial Gupta family.

Madonsela says it was only at this point that Zuma's lawyers asked to question the witnesses.

She has just four days left in office as Public Protector and has been pushing to conclude a number of investigations, including this one, to determine if the Gupta family has been unduly influencing the President.

Zuma however, has asked for the matter to be deferred to the next Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who has indicated that her focus will be on clearing the backlog of cases especially ones that affect the ordinary South Africans.

Meanwhile, former ANC Member Parliament, Vytjie Mentor, who has claimed she was offered a ministerial position by the Guptas, has posted a message on Facebook saying she has revealed things to the Public Protector about his relationship with the Guptas and she's not scared of him or his delay tactics.

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