Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Tuesday paid a courtesy call to President Jacob Zuma at his official residence in Pretoria, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the Presidency said.
“It was their first meeting since Adv Mkhwebane was appointed as the public protector.
“President Zuma congratulated Adv Mkhwebane on her appointment and pledged his and government’s support and cooperation as she fulfills her constitutional responsibilities. The president reiterated the importance of all Chapter 9 institutions in our constitutional democracy,” Zuma’s spokesperson, Bongani Ngqulunga, said.
He also said Mkhwebane thanked the president for the opportunity to meet and said she looked forward to constructive working relations with government.
Earlier this month, Zuma launched a high court application to review and set aside remedial actions contained in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s contentious State of Capture report, which details allegations of improper conduct by the president, several Cabinet officials and his close friends, the controversial Gupta family.
Zuma has questioned Madonsela’s recommendation that he establish a commission of inquiry but that it be headed by a judge solely selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. He contends that the recommendation is inconsistent with the rule of law and the constitution, and breaches the separation of powers principle.
He also wants the court to refer the report back to Mkhwebane for further investigation.
As the original complainant in the case, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed papers at the Constitutional Court in a bid to force Zuma to establish a judicial inquiry to investigate allegations of “state capture”.
The party wants the highest court in the land to issue a declaratory order that Zuma has violated his constitutional obligations by not adhering to Madonsela’s remedial action as set out in her report by establishing the inquiry by December 2.