Madonsela in the dark about Zuma’s interdict

By Drum Digital
13 October 2016

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is not aware that President Jacob Zuma has stopped her from releasing the draft report on her investigation into state capture

By Aphiwe Boyce

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This came after media reports that Zuma served Madonsela with a notice of intention to interdict her. Times LIVE? earlier reported that the president served Madonsela with the notice today, which will mean the Public Protector will not be able to release the report on Friday, as she had planned.

Asked about these latest developments, the Public Protector’s senior manager in communications, Oupa Segalwe said, “We are not aware of the interdict but we have heard about it and we are still trying to establish the truth about it.”  But the Times LIVE? quoted a source in Madonsela’s office saying, “We cannot proceed to release the report until the court has decided whether or not to grant the interdict.” According to the report the application to interdict is due to be heard in court on 18 October.

Madonsela’s term ends tomorrow, 14 October. According to News24 the president was the first person to be informed about the allegations being made about the state capture.  Madonsela told News24’s livestreamed discussion programme Frontline that she told Zuma in a letter on 22 March about the allegations against him that had been reported to her and that she would be investigating whether or not he had any role in the alleged offer of a post to Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas by the Gupta family.

Zuma was also investigated regarding claims by former parliamentary committee chairperson Vytjie Mentor that the Guptas offered her the job of Minister of Public Enterprises, with Zuma escorting her out after she turned it down.

Part of the investigation also involves finding out whether Zuma had any role in the alleged pressure put on Themba Maseko to give tenders to the Gupta family and why cabinet got involved in a private dispute between the Guptas and the banks.

Madonsela had said, following the complaints to her office, Zuma faced a probe of state capture and violation of the Executive Ethics Act. On 10 October, Zuma, under scrutiny for his friendship with the wealthy Gupta family, had asked the anti-corruption watchdog not to report her findings until he has had a chance to question other witnesses.

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