Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen’s application to interdict the release of the Public Protector’s report on state capture has been postponed to November 1.
This is to allow four political parties — the Democratic Alliance‚ the United Democratic Movement‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Congress of the People — to intervene in the application launched by Van Rooyen.
The political parties wanted the release of the report which Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was due to do on Friday‚ her last day in office after serving her non-renewable term of seven years.
However‚ this was not possible following separate applications launched by Van Rooyen and President Jacob Zuma on Thursday against the release of the report.
Zuma’s application is set to be heard by the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane begins her term as Public Protector on Saturday.
Van Roooyen asked the court to restrain Madonsela from publishing any findings in respect of an investigation into allegations of state capture‚ insofar as those findings involved allegations about him.
In his founding affidavit filed on Thursday‚ Van Rooyen said if any report was published‚ those findings by the Public Protector would have been made without providing him with a reasonable opportunity to be heard.
In the court order made on Friday‚ the parties also agreed that the report by Madonsela will be preserved pending the finalisation of the application.
This means the report will not be released to the public and will be kept in a place of safety.
Counsel for the EFF‚ Tembeka Ngcukaitobi‚ had earlier expressed fear that if the report was not released on Friday‚ the last day of office for Madonsela‚ there was a possibility that it might not be released by Mkhwebane.
— TMG Digital