JOHANNESBURG – Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen has brought another urgent application to halt the release of the state capture report.
It's the second time he's trying to ensure the report is kept under wraps.
Over the weekend, news reports said he had visited President Jacob Zuma's friends, the Gupta family, seven times last year, before he was briefly appointed finance minister.
Van Rooyen's first attempt followed President Jacob Zuma's application to have the report interdicted.
He then withdrew the application, saying that he'd not been implicated in the original report.
Van Rooyen – whose brief appointment as finance minister in December saw the rand plummet – has had to defend reports about a one-day overseas trip to Dubai while the Gupta family was there.
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela was due to release the state capture report just before she left office.
Madonsela was investigating the Gupta family's influence over the state and President Jacob Zuma, as well as claims they had offered cabinet positions to various people.