Madonsela defends Mkhwebane over Parly state capture questions

ANC MPs questioned Busisiwe Mkhwebane on the report’s credibility, which Thuli Madonsela compiled.

FILE: A screengrab of Busisiwe Mkhwebane being interviewed in Parliament.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says it was unfair for Parliament to ask her successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane to answer questions about consultations for the state capture report.

Yesterday, African National Congress Members of Parliament (MPs) questioned Mkhwebane on the report's credibility after she revealed consultants were involved in compiling it.

She told Parliament that PricewaterhouseCoopers was involved in compiling the report.

Madonsela says she was supposed to answer questions around how the report was compiled and not Mkhwebane.

"Firstly it was unfair on her to be expected to defend someone else's report because the Public Protector Act is very clear that we are talking about he or she and the Constitution is very clear that we are talking about he or she. Therefore, it is expected that someone who did something, account."

STATE CAPTURE REPORT

The new Public Protector says the state capture report will be made public if the court orders this.

Arguments in the bid by President Jacob Zuma and Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen to block its release is set to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on 1 November.

Mkhwebane's told Parliament's justice committee she'll be filing a responding affidavit in the matter tomorrow.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane says the state capture report is under lock and key and that it will not be released to anyone until the court proceedings are finalised.

But she indicated after the meeting it could still see the light of day.

"The report is finalised, so if the court says we publish the report, the normal process will be followed."

African National Congress Members of Parliament are already questioning the report's credibility after Mkhwebane revealed that consultants were involved in compiling it.

The Democratic Alliance says it's entitled to a copy as it is the complainant in the matter.

Mkhwebane, who says she herself has not read the report, says it will remain under wraps because the matter is sub judice.

"So I cannot commit to say tomorrow the report is released, because the court said it should be kept safe."