Latest reports concerning the state capture report have it that the Pretoria High Court judges have ordered the release of state capture report today.
Precisely, the court ordered the new Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane to release the report not later than 5pm.
The development follows President Zuma’s legal team decision to abandoned the quest to delay the release of the state capture report. They withdrew the president’s interdict against the report earlier today.
Judge Dunstan Mnlambo announced the decision saying: “The public protector is ordered to publish the report forthwith and by no later than 2 November 2016 5pm. This is including through publication on the public protector’s website.”
Also, President Zuma was ordered to pay the cost of the intervening parties and the legal costs of the public protector’s office. However, the court is yet to decide if the President should be personally liable for the costs.
Judge Mnlambo in his announcement related that “the court would request supplementary heads to be filed within the next seven days to address this issue.”
Before now, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane indicated that his party will ensure that costs are paid by the President personally and not with taxpayers money.
After Zuma’s legal dropped the interdict against the report, Adv Mkhwebane remarked that her office must ascertain that “all is clear” before releasing the report.
Her spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe was quoted to have said: “We don’t have a problem releasing the report, except we need to be sure that all is clear. As you would know, there is still the application by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to consider. We are closely following developments on that, as well as the current proceedings in court.”
Meanwhile, the DA has called on the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Des van Rooyen, to break his silence and come clean publicly on his meetings with the Gupta family.
“He can do the right thing and clear the cloud of suspicion by coming clean about his meetings with the Guptas as well as whether there were any discussions between himself and Eric Wood and/or Ian Whitely on the use of municipal assets to secure private debt financing for municipalities by Gupta-linked companies,” urged the opposition party.