Public Protector won't be drawn on state capture report

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has held her first briefing as the Public Protector at her office.

Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane won't be drawn on the state capture report, saying she can't comment and she hasn't seen it.

Mkhwebane has held her first briefing as the Public Protector at her office in Pretoria.

She says she's picked up on a number of issues that she will address during her seven-year term.

Mkhwebane says she cannot comment on whether former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela trusts her with the state capture report, or whether she believes the investigation was rushed.

Mkhwebane says it remains under lock and key.

"I'll consult the attorneys and we must do it soon after this engagement, so I can't say what advice they've given."

Mkhwebane tried to steer clear of the state capture report, saying she wants to address issues of low staff morale at her office and cost cutting, among other things.

She says international travel will be suspended, consultants won't be used and they will no longer accept funds from foreign donors.

But she says her priority will be bringing the Public Protector's services to the grassroots level.