Opposition political parties win court bid to intervene in state capture application

President Jacob Zuma  File picture: Picture:Gallo Images / Foto24 / Deaan Vivier
President Jacob Zuma
File picture: Picture:Gallo Images / Foto24 / Deaan Vivier

A full bench of the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon granted the applications of four opposition political parties and former African National Congress MP Vytjie Mentor to intervene in the application by President Jacob Zuma to prevent the release of the state capture report.

The court also dismissed a last-ditch application by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen to prevent the release of the report with costs for lack of urgency

“The costs of these applications‚ intervention applications‚ shall include the costs of two counsel‚” Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said‚ in an order in which Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo and Judge Dawie Fourie concurred.

Vytjie Mentor Picture: Trevor Samson
Vytjie Mentor
Picture: Trevor Samson

The Congress of the People‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters‚ the United Democratic Movement‚ the Democratic Alliance and Mentor sought to intervene in Zuma’s application.

They seek an order compelling the release of the report.

Van Rooyen’s application was the second in a period of less than a month.

Van Rooyen withdrew his application on October 19‚ saying he had received an assurance from the Public Protector that he was not implicated.

However‚ this changed on Monday when he again sought to apply to block the release of the report.

What now remains to be argued on Wednesday is an application by Zuma to amend his original application.

Depending on the outcome‚ the application by Zuma and the intervening parties will be heard later.

The report‚ concerning an investigation into complaints regarding any alleged improper and unethical conduct by Zuma and any other persons related to alleged improper relationships with the Gupta family‚ was finalised by former public protector Thuli Madonsela and she meant to release it on her last day in office on October 14.

However‚ the applications by Zuma and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen to interdict the release of the report thwarted her plans.

– TMG Digital

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