Public Protector admits that President Zuma influenced her final report on the ABSA matter

Public Protector admits that President Zuma influenced her final report on the ABSA matter

- Busisiwe Mkhwebane admits that she allowed President Jacob to influence her final CIEX report

- The Public Protector admits to removing a clause in the remedial action ordering Zuma to establish a commission of inquiry into the matter after holding meetings with him

- The CIEX report probed the SA Reserve Bank bailout of Bankorp in the 1990’s

The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has admitted that she allowed President Jacob Zuma to have some influence over her final CIEX report which probed a R1.125 billion bailout by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to Bankorp, the entity which eventually became ABSA.

Public Protector admits that President Zuma influenced her final report on the ABSA matter

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Photo: Citizen.co.za

Mkhwebane filed an affidavit in the Pretoria High Court on Friday in which she admits to omitting a clause ordering Zuma to establish a commission of inquiry into the matter after she had a meeting with the President.

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Mkhwebane’s affidavit reads: “From the discussion, during our meeting with Zuma I became concerned that my draft remedial action to direct the president to establish a judicial commission may face similar difficulties as currently faced in the State of Capture report.”

Briefly.co.za can confirm that Mkhwebane points to Zuma’s court challenge of the remedial action issued by her predecessor Thuli Madonsela which ordered Zuma to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture.

Mkhwebane claims the pending legal challenge had compelled her to change her draft remedial action.

IOL.co.za reported earlier that Zuma wants a High Court to determine whether the office of the Public Protector can order him to establish a commission of inquiry. He argues that as President that decision is vested in him and him alone.

Public Protector admits that President Zuma influenced her final report on the ABSA matter

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Photo: MG.co.za

Mkhwebane’s remedial action in which she ordered Parliament to review the mandate of the Reserve Bank has been put aside. ABSA and the Reserve Bank also want Mkhwebane’s report ordering ABSA to repay R2.25 billion set aside.

ABSA and the Reserve Bank have asked the court to force Mkhwebane to pay for the legal costs associated with the court cases out of her own pocket.

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Source: Politics.briefly.co.za

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