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Pressure mounts on Madonsela over state capture report

Madonsela has indicated she wants to release some of the findings of the investigation on Friday.

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

CAPE TOWN - Pressure is mounting on Thuli Madonsela in her final 48 hours as Public Protector with calls from some quarters for her not to release her report into state capture.

Madonsela has indicated she wants to release some of the findings of the investigation on Friday.

President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family have however asked her not to conclude the investigation until they have had an opportunity to interview witnesses.

Political analyst, Daniel Silke, says Madonsela has a tough choice to make.

"My view is that when her term is over, it is over and her successor will have to decide whether she wants to continue and prioritise this kind of an investigation.

"It will a critical political test of Mandosela's successor whether she indeed wants to take this matter further or bury it below other priorities she has already spoken about."

Meanwhile, lawyers representing the Gupta family say it doesn't matter whether Madonsela or her successor concludes the investigation into state capture, as long as due process is followed.

Gert van der Merwe, who is representing Ajay Gupta and his relatives, says he has written to Madonsela to ask her to supply all the evidence she's received and to give him the opportunity to interview the witnesses.

Madonsela is expected to release a report on Friday, or part of a report, into allegations of President Jacob Zuma being unduly influenced by the controversial Gupta family.

Van der Merwe said he has the right to interview witnesses and properly present his client's version before any report is released by the Public Protector.

"I don't mind if she completes the report, whether there's permission for her to stay on, I don't care. Just because one person is leaving, you can't rush a report of this magnitude."

Political analyst Sipho Seepe said Madonsela cannot continue with this investigation once her term comes to an end on 14 October.

"We should not entertain the idea that somebody becomes an embodiment of an institution, once your term is over, it is over."

President Zuma has asked Madonsela not to release the report until he has also seen all the evidence and given the opportunity to interview witnesses.