Public Protector to oppose Zuma's review on State of Capture report

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

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

Mkhwebane released the Ciex report, along with three other reports on various spheres of government, on Monday during a press briefing.

"The allegation whether the South African government improperly failed to implement the CIEX report ... after commissioning and duly paying for same is substantiated".

She also said the government and the Reserve Bank had failed in their role.

The NGO says the bailout was illegal and there was evidence of maladministration by the new South African government.

Absa has noted the Public Protector's statement today regarding her investigation into the SA Reserve Bank's assistance to Bankorp between 1985 and 1995.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has requested that Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, release various reports pertaining to longstanding Gupta investigations following an 8-month dry spell on the subject matter. The price was R1.23 billion and was paid directly to Bankorp shareholders which is why Absa should not be expected to pay again.

"Failure to recover the "gift" resulted in prejudice to the people of South Africa as the public funds could have benefited the broader society instead of a handful of shareholders of Bankorp Limited/ABSA Bank", she said.

Mkhwebane has also directed the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services to initiate a process to amend the Constitution. Another amendment to be included will add that the Reserve Bank will pursue this objective "without fear, favour or prejudice" and that there must be regular engagements between the bank and Parliament. A preliminary report was completed in December 2016.

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