Madonsela, who speaks highly of Pres Zuma, says he must account to what he knows, on alleged involvement of the Gupta family in the dismissal and appointment of cabinet ministers and members of the boards of directors of state-owned enterprises.
According to Madonsela, the President was presented with an opportunity to respond on allegations in March 22, 2016.
The presidency on Monday, responded: “Furthermore‚ the president would want to exercise his right to question some of the witnesses before responding to the written questions and adducing evidence.”
On the response, the Public Protector said:” The public protector would like to report that President Jacob Zuma was afforded a proper opportunity to tender his evidence since 22 March 2016.
Madonsela, appealed to Zuma to assist with any information he has that can assist the investigation‚ primarily‚ by answering the questions put to him.
“President Zuma was on Saturday‚ October 1‚ 2016‚ given all copies of evidence implicating him‚” the public protector said in a statement issued on Monday night.
“It is of concern to the public protector that the president has on two occasions undertaken to answer questions and when the time arose‚ he changed his mind,” said Madonsela.
Pres Zuma is currently in Kenya on official visit.
Madonsela’s term ends on Friday and will be replaced by Adv Mkhwebane.
Is Pres Zuma buying time, we hope not?