No clarity on provisional Public Protector report into Absa, says Adv Hoffman

Advocate Paul Hoffman says there is no concrete confirmation regarding the existences of a preliminary report into Absa.

It's reported that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Absa could be liable to pay back more than R2.2bn for an unlawful apartheid-era bailout.

Hoffman was the first to initiate a complaint with former public protector Thuli Madonsela, asking for an investigation.

He says that media and the office of the public protector have different stances on the existence of a preliminary report.

"I communicated with the Public Protector who told me there is no provisional report... now the press is telling me that there is a provisional report... It's very disturbing."

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was invited to reply, but her office declined to comment.

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