Following Jacob Zuma’s latest withdrawal of his application to interdict the state capture report, Political parties called for an immediate release of the report, but Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said this would not be so, as she must ensure everything is clear before she goes ahead to release it.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said it is her position to ensure that “all is clear” before her office can release the “state capture” report,
“The [Public Protector] has noted reports that the president has withdrawn his application for an interdict,” said spokesperson Oupa Segalwe.
“We don’t have a problem releasing the report, except we need to be sure that all is clear. As you would know, there is still the application by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to consider. We are closely following developments on that, as well as the current proceedings in court.”
This after opposition parties called for the release of the controversial report following President Jacob Zuma’s surprise withdrawal of his interdict against it on Wednesday.
Etienne Labuschagne SC‚ for 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.
Following advocate Mkhwebane’s claim on why the report will not be released with immediate effect as expected, the report could be withheld for yet another period of time.
Nevertheless, the high court has given the office of the public protector up to 17.00 hours to release the report as President Jacob Zuma’s counsel has confirmed the withdrawal of the application to interdict the report.
“My instructions are to withdraw the application,” Zuma’s lawyer Anthea Platt told a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.
The High Court also permitted opposition parties who had initially applied to oppose the president’s application to join in the matter.
So although she tried to hold it off, the opposition got their way.