Public Protector ordered to release ‘State Capture’ report
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been ordered to release the so-called State Capture report by 5pm today.
The North Gauteng High Court ruling was made while thousands of political party members, civil society, religious leaders and ANC veterans occupied the capital city of Pretoria.
President Jacob Zuma withdrew his application to interdict the release of the report today after a grueling argument by counsel representing political parties yesterday.
The DA, UDM, COPE and EFF have asked the North Gauteng High Court to make an order compelling president Jacob Zuma to pay at his personal cost.
The political parties argue that the President was using state resources to protect his personal rights. The report was compiled by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. It allegedly contains findings on whether the President has been influenced by the Gupta family.
Yesterday, the court ruled in favour of several political parties – saying they can join the court bid to have the report made public.
It also dismissed Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen’s application while that of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will be heard next week.
Both Ministers joined President Zuma attempting to interdict the release of the report.
EFF members are occupying streets in their numbers, calling for free education and for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
The DA continued its planned march to the Magistrates Court where Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would have appeared today, while the Save South Africa Campaign hosted an assembly on the country’s leadership crisis.
ANC party veterans lashed out at the ruling party this morning while addressing supporters of the campaign (Save South Africa) to oust the country’s leader.
Cheryl Carolus said, “We failed our young people spectacularly around the fees crisis.
“That process has escalated to unacceptable levels where no one is in charge and our government and our ANC has been missing in action,” she said.