Public Protector to oppose Zuma bid to set aside #StateofCapture report

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JOHANNESBURG , 02 February 2017 - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane admitted that her first 100 days in office had been rocky. But she stated this was largely because of half-truths being spread about her.?

PRETORIA - South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog will oppose President Jacob Zuma's court bid to set aside an influence-peddling report, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Monday.

 

The Public Protector, a constitutionally-mandated watchdog, released the report in November last year, after an extensive probe over allegations of influence-peddling against Zuma, whose administration has been marred by scandals.

READ: Zuma not opposed to 'State Capture' Commission of Inquiry: Presidency

The carefully worded report by Thuli Madonsela, Mkhwebane predecessor, stopped short of asserting that crimes had been committed and called for a judge to investigate the allegations.

Zuma has denied any wrongdoing, and is challenging the Public Protector's report in court.

At the same time, Mkhwebane wants to investigate an apartheid-era bank bailout.

It's reported that government has failed to recover billions of rand in interest from a bailout given to Bankorp before Absa bank took it over.