BREAKING: Des van Rooyen also seeks to interdict Madonsela

2016-10-13 19:45
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2016-10-13 17:08

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Cape Town – Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen is also bringing a court application to try and halt the release of outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on state capture.
 
Madonsela is set to release her long-awaited report on Friday, her last day in office. This now seems unlikely.
 
Van Rooyen’s application comes after President Jacob Zuma applied to the High Court in Pretoria to interdict Madonsela’s from releasing her report.

READ MORE:- Zuma serves interdict papers on Madonsela over state capture

Van Rooyen’s application, in which he will challenge the powers of the public protector to summons him to answer certain questions, will be heard by the same court on Friday at 10:00. Zuma’s application will be heard on Tuesday.
 
Zuma appointed Van Rooyen - a former mayor and ANC MP - as finance minister in December last year, in place of Nhlanhla Nene. The move wiped R500bn off the value of South African assets.

READ MORE:- New finance minister sworn in

He lasted four days in the job before Zuma replaced him with Pravin Gordhan.
 
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas is on record as saying that the Gupta family offered him Nene's job.

After his appointment as finance minister in December, it was reported that Van Rooyen arrived at his new position as finance minister with two unnamed "advisors". The two were named as "Gupta allies" Mohamed Bobat and Ian Whitley.

On Tuesday, the Gupta family’s lawyers sent a letter to the public protector’s office warning her that should the findings of her report include that the family was "in any way whatsoever involved in inappropriate conduct," she would be doing so at her "own peril".

READ MORE:- Implicate us in state capture report at your own peril - Guptas to Madonsela

The controversial family also believed that the evidence gathered during the investigation was merely "window dressing". It called for Madonsela to follow due process in the probe.

The lawyer said they had considered applying for an urgent interdict, but "since the exact adverse conclusions you intend to make are only speculation, I do not want to put my client at risk and thereby create a fresh media hype".

Read more on:    public protector  |  jacob zuma  |  gupta family  |  des van rooyen  |  thuli madonsela  |  state capture  |  politics

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