As the battle for the release of the controversial state capture report gets hotter, President Zuma has continued to put out all the stops in order to have the report carefully wrapped or possibly buried.
Today, Zuma, together with opposition parties are in court to argue over the release of the state capture report. And while many believe the reason why Zuma interdicted the report was for selfish interests, the president thinks otherwise.
Speaking on why Zuma blocked the publication of the report, his lawyer Anthea Platt told the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today that Zuma interdicted the release of the report because “he was exercising his constitutional right”.
Arguing further, Platt said former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela didn’t follow the right procedures before concluding the report. The legal representative, on the other hand, told the court that the opposition parties who interposed to have the report published have no procedural right to do so.
Speaking on the sidelines of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, opposition group EFF slammed Zuma’s tactics on the matter. The party argued that the release of Madonsela’s “state capture” report is in the public’s interest.
Opposition Parties Demand Release Of State Capture Report
The Cope and the UDM added that they have every right to intervene because their interest lies in the decision that follows the publication of the report.
The DA lodged its complaint about state capture with Madonsela on March 18. On October 14 it applied to join the EFF, Cope and UDM’s application to ask the court to release the report.
No doubt, the investigation into an alleged undue influence by the Gupta family has really dropped many top politicians on the edge, if not on the firing line.
The likes of implicated ministers such as van Rooyen, Mosebenzi Zwane, I believe are currently feeling blue, considering the fact that they have soiled their political career in the mud.