Fight over release of 'state capture' report

2016-10-14 10:55
Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

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Pretoria - A few Black First Land First movement members were outside Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office on Friday morning, to protest against the release of her "state capture" report.

The group were demanding a meeting with Madonsela, who was leaving office on Friday.

Leader Andile Mngxitama said they wanted Madonsela to include other complaints in her report into allegations that the Gupta family had a role in Cabinet appointments.

The movement wanted her to include allegations about state capture by Richemont chief executive officer Johann Rupert and eight others, and a report on R26bn allegedly stolen from the South African Reserve bank.

President Jacob Zuma previously called the Guptas his friends. His son Duduzane did business with them.

Report release

READ: EFF goes to court to force release of 'state capture' report

Mandonsela was due to release the first phase of her report on Friday. However, her lawyers were in the High Court in Pretoria to contest Local Government Minister Des van Rooyen’s application for an interdict to stop the report’s release.

Zuma had applied for an interdict, which would be heard on Tuesday.

The EFF, Cope and UDM were in the court on Friday to ask it to compel Mandonsela to release the report.

"The EFF is of the view that none of the applications for a court interdict hold water because the applicant (Van Rooyen) will not suffer irreparable damage as there still exists an option for a judicial review of the finding and remedial actions of the Public Protector," the party said in a statement.

Lawyers for the DA, which laid the state capture complaint with Madonsela’s office, were on standby to oppose Van Rooyen's interdict. The party said it did not want to delay the report's release.

"The first prize must be the immediate release of the report, and the dismissal of the interdict immediately. The DA will not let this go without a fight. We will do everything possible to ensure the report is released," leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

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