'State capture' report interdict to be heard in November

2016-10-14 12:47
Public protector. (File)

Public protector. (File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Lawyers have proposed that the application to interdict Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her preliminary report on “state capture” be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on November 1.

Legal representatives for the parties involved wanted the matter to be postponed so they could file papers, Local Government Minister Des Van Rooyen’s lawyer told Judge Dawie Fourie on Friday.

Fourie said he would first have to consult the deputy judge president on whether the court room would be available on that date.

Van Rooyen wanted an interdict to stop the release of the report. The UDM, Cope, and EFF wanted an order to preserve and protect the report.

President Jacob Zuma also wanted to stop the release of the report. Fourie said all parties including, Zuma's counsel, would make their submissions on November 1.

Van Rooyen argues in court papers that he was only given 24 hours to respond to the public protector’s “adverse findings” against him.

“The receipt of this letter was the first time I have become aware that the Public Protector’s investigation into the Gupta family entails the investigations of allegations concerning me. I have never been asked to give evidence or make submissions to the Public Protector during the course of this investigation,” he said.

Madonsela’s lawyers told the court that no findings or recommendations had been made against Van Rooyen.

Madonsela signed the report, meaning it could not be changed by incoming Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Read more on:    public protector  |  thuli madon­sela  |  jacob zuma  |  des van rooyen  |  judiciary  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.