Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will interview President Jacob Zuma this week in the final leg of her investigation into “state capture” and allegations that he abused power and allowed friends‚ the Gupta family‚ to influence state business.
The probe is viewed by African National Congress (ANC) leaders critical of Zuma as a last-ditch attempt to rein him in and neutralise the influence of the Gupta family after an ANC attempt to investigate the same thing failed dismally.
Among the allegations being probed are that Zuma allowed the Gupta family to influence the selection of some of his Cabinet members during his first and second terms as president.
“We will hear his version of events and he may have information for us that we will need to consider against our own findings‚” Madonsela said in an interview on Monday.
Zuma’s spokesman‚ Bongani Ngqulunga‚ has confirmed that the meeting will take place this week‚ most likely on Thursday.
The meeting between Madonsela and Zuma comes as the tensions around the probe rise‚ with new claims on Tuesday that Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas had lied when he said the Guptas had offered him a Cabinet position.