Will Public Protector challenge Zuma over state capture review?

President Jacob Zuma's lawyers have indicated they will take the State of Capture report on review.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It's unclear whether Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will oppose President Jacob Zuma's legal challenge of the state capture report.

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

Zuma's lawyers have indicated they will take the report, which implicates the president in corrupt dealings with the Gupta family, on review.

Mkhwebane's still not certain what action she will take.

“Remember they haven’t even indicated what they’re lodging the judicial review on, so it will depend on their commenting.”

She says despite dealing with a heavy workload, her team is prepared to build on the legacy left by Thuli Madonsela.

During her first two months in office, Mkhwebane has at times had to defend her independence.

Mkhwebane says perceptions that she's shielding Zuma are unjustified and that her office will hold him accountable.

“Why would I shield the president? If the president has committed any conduct or there’s a service failure, he will be investigated. I’m here to defend and implement the Constitution.”

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

State Capture Report 2016 by Primedia Broadcasting on Scribd

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)