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Mbete returns state capture report

Baleka Mbete says the report cannot be handled in the same manner as other document.

FILE: National Assembly Speaker Beleka Mbete in Parliament. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

_Editor's note: The African National Congress' Chief Whip has confirmed the Public Protector's state capture report is indeed being kept safe in the National Assembly. He says National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete denied instructing Parliament to issue a statement on Friday night saying the report had been sent back to the Public Protector. _ To read the updated story, click here.

JOHANNESBURG - Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has released a statement saying she has returned the state capture report to the Public Protector's office.

Earlier today, outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela confirmed that the final report had been handed to Mbete for safekeeping until the urgent applications brought by President Jacob Zuma and Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen are heard in court.

During Madonsela's final press briefing as Public Protector today, she confirmed that the highly anticipated state capture report was in the hands of Mbete.

Mbete has now released a statement saying, "The Speaker has an obligation in terms of the Rules of the Assembly to table all documents received for the information of Members, in order to ensure that the business of the Assembly is conducted in an open and transparent manner."

The statement also says, "This report however cannot be handled in the same manner… [and] has now been returned to the Office of the Public Protector."

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane takes over as Public Protector from tomorrow.