Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says‚ according to the law‚ he is entitled to have a copy of former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into state capture.
Maimane has written to new Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane requesting that she furnish him with a copy of it.
“As the complainant in this matter‚ I am entitled by law to be provided with a copy of this report‚ which has been completed according to outgoing Public Protector‚ advocate Thuli Madonsela‚” he said.
“The report is complete‚ and there exists no reasonable justification to not furnish the complainant with the report – never mind make it public as constitutionally mandated to.”
The opposition leader said Madonsela’s statement that the state capture report was final and could not be changed meant that the current report had to be handed over to the complainant.
The state capture report has been handed to Mkhwebane‚ after Madonsela left office last week.
Madonsela was due to release the report last Friday‚ the last day of her seven-year nonrenewable term‚ but could not as Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen and President Jacob Zuma launched urgent applications before the High Court in Pretoria to prevent its publication. Their applications will be heard on November 1.
Mkhwebane is due to give her first press briefing as public protector on Thursday. She will appear in Parliament on Wednesday to present her office’s annual report.