Latest report has it that former ANC Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor has filed papers with the High Court in Pretoria seeking to intervene in President Jacob Zuma’s bid to halt the release of the public protector’s controversial state capture report.
Mentor who had before now announced her frustration over delays on the corruption charges she laid in relation to state capture earlier this year, moved to intervene in the report released by the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
Vytjie Mentor was one of those who were interviewed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her investigation into “state capture”.
In March 2016 she claimed the Gupta family offered her a job as the minister of public enterprises in 2010 in exchange for cancelling SAA routes to India.
In her affidavit, the former MP requested that the president’s application be dismissed as she is ready to intervene in the matter as a respondent.
The matter was initially set to be heard on October 18 but will now take place on November 1 -a day before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is to appear before court over charges of fraud and theft.
The court postponed it along with an interdict application by Co-operative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen’s application, which has since been abandoned.
According to News24 which is in possession of the affidavit, Vytjie Mentor also asked the court to direct Zuma to pay the costs of the application as she laid out details, some of which are already in the public domain, of the meeting she attended at the Gupta’s Saxonwold home.
“I declined the offer and told the Gupta representatives that they lacked the authority to make such an offer. As I was leaving, the president entered the room,” she wrote.
Reacting to Zuma’s request for a list of witnesses from the public protector, she said its an attempt to intimidate those who had given evidence.
“I viewed this as an attempt by the president to intimidate those persons who had given evidence to the public protector against him.”
Meanwhile, the new Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane announced in her first speech at the parliament that she would not oppose the president’s application.
Opposition parties have also applied to intervene in the matter, in the hope of making sure the report, which is currently under lock and key at the public protector’s office, will be made public.