BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that President Zuma’s legal team has abandoned the quest to delay the release of the state capture report. They’ve withdrawn the president’s interdict against the report.
The move came as a surprise for it was just some hours ago that Zuma’s legal team argued that the report be suspended until Mr President interview the witnesses who submitted evidence in the state capture investigation.
Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela reacted to the development saying it’s the right thing to do.
“It appears to be the right thing to do” she said, “as there never was a basis for the application in the first instance.”
Also, the Democratic Alliance party welcomed the development urging the report be released within 24 hours. DA stated:
“From the outset, we have maintained that this application was without merit, and a malicious delaying tactic to halt the inevitable release of this report, which no doubt implicates the President.
Indeed, yet another defeat in court for Jacob Zuma was inevitable.
There now remains no good reason for this report to remain under wraps. Section 8(3) of the Public Protector Act states that ‘The findings of an investigation by the Public Protector shall, when he or she deems it fit but as soon as possible, be made available to the complainant and to any person implicated thereby.'”
With that, the party remarked that it is now up to the new Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to hand them a copy of the report as the complainant in the matter.
Already, the party’s leader has written to Mkhwebane’s office in this regard, requesting that this be done within the next 24 hours.