Will Madonsela release 'state capture' report?

2016-10-13 23:08


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Cape Town - Will Public Protector Thuli Madonsela present her report on state capture when she releases a final batch of reports on Friday as her swansong after a tumultuous seven years in office?

According to her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe, Madonsela is still consulting her lawyers after the shock developments hours before her departure when it emerged that President Jacob Zuma and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen will try and get a court interdict to stop her from releasing the "state capture" report.

"There is no decision as to whether she is going to release it at this stage," Segalwe said late on Thursday.

Strict entrance requirements to her final press conference in Pretoria include an RSVP by noon on Friday and presentation of an identity document at the security checkpoint.

She will also use the opportunity to provide an update on progress in other investigations that will be handed over to her successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Segalwe noted earlier that there was no interdict yet in respect of the Zuma application - just notice of intention to apply for one on Tuesday in the High Court in Pretoria.

A warning from the Guptas

Madonsela is probing whether Zuma had any role in allegations that "his friends", the Gupta family, had offered Cabinet posts to Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former MP Vytjie Mentor, as well as allegations that the family pressured former Cabinet spokesperson Themba Maseko to give them government tenders.

All three have given evidence to Madonsela.

The Guptas themselves have issued a statement warning Madonsela to back off.

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.

After four days Zuma replaced him with Pravin Gordhan.

Jonas is on record as saying that the Gupta family offered him Nene's job.

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

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