South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has reacted to its national leader’s decision to back off from interdicting the release of the controversial state capture report.
Speaking shortly after Zuma’s lawyer, Anthea Platt told the High Court in Pretoria at the start of the second day of the hearing, that the President has withdrawn the interdictory application, the ANC said it welcomed the decision.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the party is happy with Zuma’s move because the ruling party strongly frowns at any form of state capture in the country.
“We welcome it because, obviously, as the ANC, we take the allegations of corporate state capture very seriously,” he said.
In the same vein, Kodwa called on implicated ministers and citizens to use whatever legal recourse they have to clear their names.
Former Public Protector and the author of the state capture report, Thuli Madonsela said Zuma’s decision “appears to be the right thing to do, as there never was a basis for the application in the first instance.”
President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday abandoned a court bid to block former Public Protector Madonsela’s watchdog’s report into corruption allegations against him.
The dramatic move came as thousands of people from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) took to the streets of Pretoria to demand his immediate resignation.
In the meantime, South Africa’s new Public Protector was been given until 5pm today to release the report. South Africa’s top watchdog who doubles as EFF leader Julius Malema was the first predict the release.
On Tuesday, Malema, who is President Zuma’s most vocal political rival told supporters on the sidelines of the North Gauteng court in Pretoria that the report would be released on Wednesday evening, and it happened as he predicted.