#StateCaptureReport: Zuma will first study report - Presidency

2016-11-02 15:40
President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said he will study the Public Protector's "state capture" report before deciding on his next step.

“The President will give consideration to the contents of the report in order to ascertain whether it should be a subject of a court challenge,” his spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said in a statement.

The announcement came hours after Zuma withdrew his application in the High Court in Pretoria to interdict the release of the report.

The court also ruled that the report had to be released on Wednesday. 

The presidency said the decision to withdraw was done “in the interest of justice and speedy resolution of the matter”.

The basis of the initial application was that he was not afforded a reasonable opportunity to provide meaningful input into the investigation. 

Zuma had maintained that he did not have sufficient time to respond to questions posed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on his relationship with the Gupta family. Madonsela was investigating claims of undue influence by the family over Zuma.

“The Constitution provides that everyone has the right to administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair,” the presidency said.

On Tuesday, Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo struck Co-operative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen's application to interdict the report off the roll because of lack of urgency.

The High Court also permitted opposition parties, who had initially applied to oppose the president's application, to join in the matter.

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