Zuma just wants to exercise his rights, court hears

2016-11-01 13:11
President Jacob Zuma. (File)

President Jacob Zuma. (File)

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Pretoria - The reason President Jacob Zuma wants to interdict the release of the Public Protector's "state capture" report is because he wants to exercise his rights, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

Zuma's lawyer, Anthea Platt, argued that opposition parties which sought to intervene in the matter had no procedural right to do so.

She also said procedural requirements had not been followed and that the Public Protector agreed.

"On that basis, we say there are procedures that need to be followed," Platt said.

READ: State Capture report - 'This is an abuse of the process,' says EFF

She added that since the report was binding, proper procedures needed to be followed to make the findings binding.

Platt said Zuma was entitled to cast aspersions on former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor's submissions to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and that Mentor's reluctance to be questioned by Zuma was worrying.

Platt argued that Mentor had no direct interest in the matter.

Madonsela investigated allegations that Zuma's friends, the Gupta family, offered government officials, including Mentor, Cabinet posts in exchange for government tenders and other favours. The family has denied the allegations.

Madonsela was due to release the report on October 14, the last day of her seven-year term.

However, Zuma and Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen went to the High Court to ask for an interdict to stop her from doing so.

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