Madonsela urges Zuma to respond to alleged state capture questions

File: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has urged President Jacob Zuma to reply to her questions regarding alleged state capture expeditiously, after he asked her not to publish her report until his lawyer has had a chance to question witnesses. Photo: Africa News Agency

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has urged President Jacob Zuma to answer questions put to him as part of her probe into alleged state capture.

Madonsela's request on Monday came shortly after the president called on her to neither conclude the investigation nor release a report until his legal team has questioned witnesses.

Zuma claims he was given only two days to prepare for last Thursday's meeting with Madonsela.

It was eventually agreed that the president would answer written questions in an affidavit under oath.

But he now wants to question some of the witnesses before doing so.

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Madonsela said in a statement that Zuma has had ample opportunity since the 22nd of March this year to submit his evidence and nine days ago, the president was given copies of all evidence implicating him.

"It is of concern to the Public Protector that the president has on two occasions undertaken to answer questions and when the time arose, he changed his mind.

"The Public Protector genuinely believes it is in the interests of the president to account for what he knows regarding the allegations which the Public Protector already forwarded to him in March 2016. She also believes it is in the interest of public trust that the matter be concluded expeditiously," the statement said.

Madonsela's term ends this week.

*Scroll through the below document to read the full statement.



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