The president, Jacob Zuma has once again condemned Thuli Madonsela‘s State capture report, saying it was rushed, funny and unfair.
The president, who was speaking during an interview on three South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio stations on Thursday evening, said he refused to accept the state capture report, which probed government’s relationship with the Gupta family, because it failed due process.
“[It is a] funny kind of way of making a report. I looked at the so-called state capture report and it has no finding. The report is there. The report is talking.” said Zuma, recalling his indication that he would be taking the report under review.
Zuma further noted that the report had lots of weaknesses and it was unfair that former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela wanted him to answer questions when he wasn’t prepared.
“I thought it was unfair because if she wanted she would have come, but she was leaving office. And I thought the report is not about individuals but about the office and the office was there, they could have advanced the kind of questions they wanted to.”
Last year, the President called for the controversial State Capture report to be set aside citing the principle of separation of powers between the legislature, judiciary and the executive and insisting that Madonsela’s remedial actions fell foul of this cornerstone of any democratic state. The report is potentially damning for Zuma, offering proof that he, alongside few others, sanctioned the use of state companies for personal enrichment.
Meanwhile, Zuma has indicated that he would not be seeking a third term after the end of his regime in 2019. He said this is in accordance with the agreement within the party to avoid the creation of two centres of power.
Zuma also hinted that he would not be supporting his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, to succeed him by telling SABC radio stations that it was not ANC policy for a deputy to ascend to the highest office.
Responding to a question from a listener‚ the President appeared to be pointing at his ex, the outgoing AU Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma saying she had joined the struggle before marrying him. He also listed her leadership achievements‚ including being a cabinet minister.
He concluded the matter by saying that the argument that it was ANC tradition for a deputy to become president was used to “motivate” a candidate and that it was a coincidence that former presidents Oliver Tambo‚ Nelson Mandela and Mbeki were succeeded by their deputies.