Pres. Zuma has lodged a fresh complaint with the office of the new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
He requested the office to clarify its policy on the leaked audio recording of his interview with former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on October 6.
Reports had it that the audio recording of the high-profile interview was leaked to one of the top media houses in South Africa after Pres. Zuma finished an interview with Madonsela.
The four-hour interview centered on Zuma’s roles on the alleged state capture by the Gupta family while the transcript of the lengthy interview was allegedly leaked to South Africa’s broadcaster the eNCA.
The broadcaster reportedly publicized the interview and also got it uploaded.
Zuma’s spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said:
“The Presidency has sought clarity from the Office of the Public Protector on the policy of the institution regarding the release of audio recordings of interviews conducted during the course of investigations.”
In the meantime, Public Protector Busisiwe has promised to launch an internal investigation on how the audio record dropped into the hands of the broadcaster. She affirmed that the act is a violation of section 7 sub-section 2 of the Public Protector Act.