Mkhwebane denies laying charges against Madonsela

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she’s noted the media report that she’s laid charges against Madonsela with sadness.

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

JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has denied laying charges against her predecessor Thuli Madonsela, saying she is only requested an investigation into the audio recordings that were leaked.

The _Sunday Times _reported that Mkhwebane laid criminal charges against Madonsela, for leaking a recording during her state capture investigation.

The audio disproved Zuma’s claims that he wasn’t given the chance to give his side of the story.

The new Public Protector says she’s noted the report in the Sunday Times with sadness, saying she’s only opened a case at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria, requesting an investigation into the alleged leaks to establish if they amount to a breach of the Public Protector Act.

Earlier this month Advocate Madonsela admitted to leaking the recording of her interview with President Jacob Zuma and said she has absolutely no regrets as the truth had to be told.

Mkhwebane is concerned that the leaked evidence could compromise the trust that the public has in her office but has emphasised that she has not laid charges against Madonsela.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)