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Mkhwebane defends legal action against Madonsela

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she lodged a criminal complaint to protect the credibility of her office.

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

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she lodged a criminal complaint against her predecessor Thuli Madonsela to protect the credibility of her office.

Mkhwebane was speaking on the sidelines of a 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children event in Khayelitsha on Thursday.

She's taken action against Madonsela over the apparent leaking of audio clips of three interviews, one of them between the president and her predecessor, linked to the probe into state capture.

The audio was released and disproved Zuma's claims that he did not get a chance to give his side of the story on state capture allegations.

Mkhwebane says the "leak" can damage the chapter nine institution's image.

“If we expect whistle-blowers to come forward, if we expect people to come to us and trust our institution then we need to make this come to a stop. We can’t have a situation where you give information in confidence and you take the information out there.”

She adds the matter is concerning.

“They’ll investigate when the audio was handed over and under what circumstances. I also indicated that there’s audio of the opposition leader Julius Malema and there’s audio out there of Vytjie Mentor.”

Read the Public Protector's full 'State of Capture' report below:

State Capture Report 2016 by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)