Opposition parties have collectively called for an immediate release of the state capture report as President Jacob Zuma has finally withdrawn his court interdict on the matter.
Zuma who lost the bid to interdict the release of the report was confirmed to have ordered his Counsel, Anthea Platt SC‚ to withdraw the application
This happens as the Social Justice Coalition marched on Tuesday to demand that Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane oppose any delays to the release of her predecessor’s “state capture” report.
Opposition political parties made their request known before a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria‚ which was meant to hear President Jacob Zuma’s application to stop the release of the report on Wednesday.
Platt said she had also received instructions that she must also tender costs in line with the withdrawal and Etienne Labuschagne SC‚ for the Democratic Alliance (DA)‚ requested, on behalf of the rest of the opposition parties, that the court grants its application that the public protector should immediately release the State Capture report.
Labuschagne also requested that the president pay the costs of the court application from his own pocket and not use public funds for that purpose.
The court was set to hear Zuma’s application and the applications by four political parties and a former African National Congress MP Vytjie Mentor to intervene in the matter. But, with Zuma’s withdrawal of the interdict, there would no longer be any opposition to the release of the report.
The state capture report is the result of an investigation made by former Public Protector, Thuli Madonela, into complaints regarding alleged improper and unethical conduct by Zuma or any other persons related to an alleged improper relationship with the Gupta family.
The court on Tuesday afternoon granted the DA‚ EFF‚ the Congress of the People and the United Democratic Movement leave to intervene in the Zuma application. The court also granted Mentor leave to intervene.
The court also dismissed an application by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen to stop the release of the report. The court held that his application was not urgent.
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane also launched an urgent application to stop the release of the report‚ but his advocate Rafik Bhana told the court on Tuesday that his client had rested the case until next week on the claim that the matter was not ripe for hearing together with Zuma’s application.