Thuli Madonsela: State capture report is an urgent matter

During her final media briefing, Thuli Madonsela revealed that the state capture report had been finalised.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela thanks the media during her last press briefing as the country's Public Protector in Pretoria on 14 October 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she believes the state capture report is an urgent matter that needed to be finalised as soon as possible, but this doesn't mean she doesn't trust the new Public Protector.

Madonsela's term in office came to an end today, and during her final media briefing, she revealed that the much-anticipated state capture report had been finalised and is now with the speaker in Parliament for safe keeping.

Madonsela had been accused of rushing the state capture report, by the lawyer representing the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma reiterated that he wasn't given enough time to scrutinise evidence and interview witnesses.

Madonsela said during her last meeting with Zuma, it was agreed that he would answer the questions put to him, but she was served with an application to interdict the release of the report.

Madonsela said she believed she had to finalise this report as soon as possible.

"I disagree with those who are saying the state capture investigation was not accurate, this matter has created so much fracture in the executive and in the country."

But she said this didn't mean she didn't trust the new Public Protector.

"It was a report I prepared based on the fact that I supervised an awesome team, but I was still part of the team and it made sense that I write the report."

Madonsela says it has been an epic seven years and has thanked her team for their hard work, ethics and dedication.