State capture report is final, Zuma told

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane the new Public Protector Picture: MOELETSI MABE
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane the new Public Protector
Picture: MOELETSI MABE

The office of the public protector has told President Jacob Zuma the state capture report is final, dimming his hopes of adding to the findings.

Zuma filed an affidavit in court on Tuesday asking whether the report was final and if he would be able to question witnesses himself and respond to accusations he allowed the Gupta family to interfere in state affairs.

The Gupta brothers – Ajay, Atul and Rajesh – are the subject of a report on allegations that they swayed appointments of ministers and used political connections to win tenders.

“Yes, it is final. It was signed by the former public protector [Thuli Madonsela] on October 14‚” public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s spokesman, Oupa Segalwe, said.

Zuma had successfully delayed the repor t’s planned October 14 release by asking a court to first hear arguments that he had not had the chance to review any evidence that implicated him.

The hearing is due on November 1.

On Tuesday, outspoken former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor filed papers with the High Court in Pretoria, asking to be listed as a respondent for the president’s application to be dismissed and that the court direct him to pay the costs of the application.

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