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Mkhwebane to tackle Sunday Times, Mentor over alleged Madonsela charges

Mkhwebane says she hasnt laid charges against Madonsela and that the information shared with a journalist was misinterpreted.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she’ll take up her grievances with the Sunday Times and former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Vytie Mentor about allegations published that she laid criminal charges against her predecessor Thuli Madonsela.

Mkhwebane released a statement on Monday emphasising she had not laid charges against Madonsela but instead asked for a case to be opened to determine if the leaked audio recordings from the state of capture interview with President Jacob Zuma amounts to a breach of the Public Protector Act.

Madonsela admitted to leaking the recording of that interview saying the truth had to be told.

Mkhwebane says she shared certain information with a journalist but says it was misinterpreted because she hasn't laid charges against Madonsela.

She says she received a complaint from the presidency and speaker of the National Assembly about the leaked audio interview with the president.

She was also informed that an interview with Vytjie Mentor and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Juilius Malema had been made public.

Therefore she requested that an investigation be carried out to see if the leaked recordings amount to a breach of the Public Protector Act.

She believes that in order to maintain the credibility of her office all evidence, including information from whistle-blowers needs to be safeguarded.

Madonsela meanwhile has been unavailable for comment.

(Edited by Neo Koza)