President Jacob Zuma has announced he’ll challenge former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report, which alleged his government was unduly influenced.
Speaking in a statement, the Presidency said other reasons for Zuma’s decision will be made clear in his application for review, which is currently being drafted. Zuma, however, stated that the move to challenge the report was prompted by his legal team’s advice on the report.
Zuma, however, stated that the move to challenge the report was prompted by his legal team’s advice on the report.
After drafting the review application, Zuma said it would be filed in the high court in Pretoria within the time periods prescribed by law.
Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said: “The president has considered and also sought legal advice on the contents of the report as well as the remedial action to be taken. The legal advice has been accepted by the president are to take the remedial action on review.”
Zuma’s decision to rubbish Madonsela’s report is not surprising, considering his comments on Wednesday when he appeared before Parliament for his last question-and-answer session.
The president told Parliament that Madonsela’s remedial action in the state of capture report was flawed, adding that the former Public Protector has no right to order him to institute a commission of inquiry into state capture.
“This report has been dealt with in a very funny way. It affected me and many, no fairness at all. Even the manner in which the recommendations is made, it is the president who has the right to appoint a commission.
No one, no matter what positions they hold, can instruct a president to appoint a commission,” he said.
In her State of Capture report, Madonsela recommended that Constitutional Court Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng nominate a judge for an inquiry into the allegations of undue influence in his government.
She cited insufficient resources as the reason why she couldn’t finish the investigation, thus making a recommendation for a judicial inquiry.
On Thursday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lambasted Zuma for pouring cold water on Madonsela’s remedial actions. The left-wing party described the president’s comment as inappropriate because it wasn’t grounded in law neither did it recognise the grounds upon which Thuli Madonsela made the suggestion.