Public Protector Mkhwebane set to receive state capture report today

The report was kept under lock and key in the National Assembly over the weekend.

FILE: New Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The state capture report which is believed to contain 'explosive' information about President Jacob Zuma's relationship with the Gupta family, is due to be handed over to the new Public Protector today.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane began her term in office on Saturday after Thuli Madonsela's seven year term came to an end.

Madonsela decided not to release the repor t during her final press briefing as Public Protector after receiving notice of two applications to interdict her, one from Zuma and the other from Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen.

On Friday, Madonsela indicated that the highly anticipated state capture report was in the hands of the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete.

"We have given it to the Speaker of Parliament for safe keeping."

But that evening, Parliament released a statement saying Mbete has to table any documents received and this particular report cannot be handled in that manner.

On Saturday ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said this statement was false, as he had met with Mbete who says this does not represent her views.

The report therefore was kept under lock and key in the National Assembly over the weekend and will be handed to Public Protector Mkhwebane today.

Initially Mkhwebane had indicated she would focus on the backlog of cases - but on Friday vowed to prioritise the state capture report.