'Why this panicked reaction?' - Concerns over Zuma's interdict

JOHANNEBSURG, 14 October 2016 – Former government spokesman Themba Maseko, the first person to point a finger directly at President Jacob Zuma over the Gupta family's influence, believes the public protector has done her best to investigate claims. Video: eNCA
File image of President Jacob Zuma in Nairobi, Kenya, 11 October 2016. His intention to interdict the release the draft report has been met with great concern by political parties. Photo: EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma’s attempt to defer the release of draft report into state capture, to the new public protector, works in his favour.

That's according to former government spin doctor Themba Maseko, who has testified to the alleged influence of the Gupta family on the state.

Maseko says the recent comments by the incoming Public Protector on the state capture probe are worrying.

“What really concerns me is that statement that was attributed to the new Public Protector, which basically suggests that she says this will not be a priority for her,” Maseko told eNCA on Thursday.

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The Democratic Alliance has also weighed in on the president’s intention to interdict the release of the report. The party says the action is plain abuse of state resources in order to evade accountability.

“President Jacob Zuma’s intention to seek an interdict… shows that he is becoming increasingly worried about what is contained in this report, and desperate to stop it from being made public,” the party said in a statement on Thursday.

The Freedom Front Plus views the interdict as a desperate struggle for survival and an attempt by Zuma to rescue his career.

“If the President Zuma is innocent and has nothing to hide, why did he not cooperate with the PP? Why suddenly this panicked reaction," FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder is quoted as saying in a statement.

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By Thursday evening the office of the Public Protector said Thuli Madonsela was consulting with her lawyers on a way forward.

Madonsela had planned to release the draft report on Friday, her final day in office.

* Watch the full video report by Xoli Mngambi in the gallery above.


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