Zuma to postpone Madonsela’s state capture report hearing

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Michel Bega

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Michel Bega

A court hearing relating to ‘state capture’ scheduled to be heard on November 1 might not happen.

This is because President Jacob Zuma wants to postpone the hearing, saying he needs time to respond to the late application to intervene by former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor.

The state capture report relates to the controversial Gupta family, who are said to be responsible for the appointment of some ministers on Zuma’s cabinet.

Mentor is one of many other senior ANC members who came out to accuse the Gupta family of having influence in the government.

It’s not yet clear if opposition parties, the DA‚ EFF‚ UDM and COPE, would agree to the president’s postponement.

This also comes after the Presidency served former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela with a notice stating that they were applying for an interdict against her draft report on “state capture”, which was due to be made public on October 14.

Answering questions to members of parliament (MPs) in the national council of provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday, Zuma said it was within his legal rights to interdict the publishing of the eagerly awaited report. The president alleged that Madonsela wanted to publish the report without “talking” to him.

“As a citizen of this country, I have a right … a legal right, to exercise my rights. And this it what I have done in terms of the public protector report. I interdicted it because she was going to issue a report having not talked to me or asked me a question. It is in fact within the act of the public protector that those who are to be questioned, they have a right to do what I have done,” Zuma said.


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