Public Protector may backtrack on state capture court bid


The newly appointed Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane during an interview on October 08, 2016 in Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane looks set to withdraw her notice to oppose President Jacob Zuma’s court bid on the State of Capture report.

At issue is former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendation, that the chief justice should appoint a judge to preside over an inquiry on state capture allegations.

Mkhwebane has told the Sunday Times she now agrees with the president, that it should be his prerogative to appoint the judge.

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She said any judge appointed by the president should suffice, as the judiciary is independent.

Mkhwebane says she has consulted a law firm on the constitutionality of Madonsela’s recommendation. 

She also added that she harbours no ill-will towards Madonsela in the matter of withholding a portion of her pension payout. 

Mkhwebane said she respects Madonsela and the contribution she made to South Africa's democracy.