The Minister of Petroleum Resources Mr. Mosebenzi Zwane has moved to halt the release of the controversial state capture report, as plots to have the report under wraps thicken.
Zwane, an alleged buddy of the influential Gupta family, launched an application to interdict the publication and release of Madonsela’s report on Monday afternoon.
In a statement released by the Mineral Resources Department, the minister said he took the move because South Africa’s former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela didn’t offer him an opportunity to share his own side of the story.
Secondly, the minister accused Madonsela of hasty preparation and conclusion of the report without due regards to his constitutional rights.
“Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has had no option but to now become involved in this matter, as he was not afforded an opportunity to answer allegations levelled against him (contained in a letter he received from the Public Protector) in terms of the Constitution, Public Protector Act and Promotion of Administration of Justice Act,” his statement reads.
Zwane is allegedly a close buddy of the Guptas. On a certain occasion, long before the investigation into the state capture, EFF leader Julius Malema alleged that the minister had been captured by the influential family.
Minister Zwane has now joined Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen, who also brought another urgent application to stop the release of the state capture report.
The move for interdiction against the report was first taken by President Zuma, who argued that Madonsela didn’t give him enough time to answer questions on allegations of an improper relationship with the infamous Gupta family.
Meanwhile, Zuma’s state capture hearing has been extended. The matter, due to be heard on November 1 was postponed by the office of North Gauteng deputy judge president Aubrey Ledwaba.
This comes after Zuma demanded to have the hearing postponed, saying he needs more time to respond to former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor’s affidavit filed last week. It is understood that Vytjie requested to be listed as a respondent in the case.