The Presidency on Thursday confirmed that it has served an urgent court interdict application to PP Thuli Madonsela over her draft report on the state capture investigation.
This development comes as the outgoing Public Protector prepares to release a report on her investigation into allegations of State capture on Friday.
Going with this development, there’s a tendency that the long-awaited report will be delayed.
Earlier this week, the presidency released a statement demanding an assurance from Advocate Thuli Madonsela that she would not release a report on Thursday.
Not only that, Zuma also took a different path on the verge of his interrogation with the office of the Public Protector; objecting to answering questions posed to him on the allegation.
He also insisted that he must see Madonsela’s previous evidence on the matter. In addition, the President demanded that he or his legal representative must be allowed to question the witnesses who were earlier interrogated by the Public Protector.
The aforementioned requests were made by the President after the Public Protector refused to have the case deferred to the incoming Public Protector.
In response, Madonsela however, appealed to him, not to bog down the investigation with his delay tactics. She urged him to rather assist with any information he has that can expedite the investigation, primarily, by answering the questions put to him.
On the other hand, the ‘national drama family’ – the Guptas, on Tuesday, wrote to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, threatening that should her state capture report include that Zuma was influenced by them [Guptas], she would be doing so at her “own peril”.
The family alleged that the Public Protector’s conduct in the investigation depicts that she had a clear predetermined view of her report into allegations of state capture.
The influential family’s threats came barely hours after PP Thuli Madonsela announced that she would be releasing a preliminary report on state capture.