JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance says that it will write to the Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court to oppose President Jacob Zuma’s “new attempt to further delay the release of the ‘Final Report’ into State Capture.”
Zuma has applied for an urgent interdict to prevent the release of the report.
Former ANC Member of Parliament, Vytjie Mentor has also filed an affidavit, asking to be listed as a respondent but the president’s team says it needs more time to respond to her application.
The DA has accused the president of delay tactics and attempting to undermine the public protector.
“This new attempt to undermine the Office of the Public Protector comes after President Zuma previously approached the North Gauteng High Court in order to interdict the release of the State Capture report, stating that he had not had adequate time to respond to the Public Protector’s questions,” the p[arty said in a statement.
“The DA, as an intervening party, and complainant in this matter, is ready to state its case on 01 November 2016, at the North Gauteng High Court. We will not subject the people of South Africa to President Zuma’s political games and 11th hour interventions.”
On Wednesday, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane confirmed that the report is final.
She said that she’s more than happy to provide the court with a copy of the state capture report so that a judge can decide whether or not Zuma is allowed to interdict it.
She had already indicated that she won’t oppose Zuma’s bid to interdict the report and will accept the High Court's ruling.