Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that President Jacob Zuma will no longer have control into a State Capture judicial commission of inquiry after he was caught up in wrongdoing.
Advocate Mkhwebane gave her recommendation through an affidavit following Zuma’s bid to retain the implementation of the State of Capture remedial action until a review the report is completed.
She has rejected former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action which gave the president an option to allow the Chief Justice to appoint a judge to preside over a state capture commission of inquiry.
Zuma maintained that it is in his state to establish an inquiry including the selection of the judge who leads it.
According to reports, Advocate Mkhwebane says that President Zuma is precluded from retaining control over a state capture commission of inquiry because he is personally implicated in the allegations to be investigated by the commission.
She says all seven issues concerning the breach of the Ethics Act identified as relevant for investigation directly implicate the president.
Mkhwebane also refers to sections of the Constitution, which further precludes Zuma from having control over the commission because he is alleged to have direct personal or financial interest in its outcome.
Mkhwebane says Zuma’s appraisal bid does not have an outlook of success.