The Democratic Alliance (DA) will continue with its planned march on Wednesday to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court in a bid to have the state capture report released and made public.
This comes as an interdict by President Jacob Zuma and Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen is being heard in the High Court in Pretoria. The EFF‚ United Democratic Movement and Congress of the People have already announced they will oppose this.
“On several fronts‚ our young democracy is facing a coordinated and unprecedented attack. From the condemnable delaying tactics used by the President to prevent the release of the Public Protector’s report on State Capture‚ to the use of ‘independent’ institutions of state — such as the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks — to pursue political ends‚ South Africa’s Constitutional Democracy is increasingly under threat‚” the party said.
The DA said the withdrawal of charges against the Minister of Finance‚ Pravin Gordhan‚ “is the beginning‚ not the end‚ of our country’s efforts to defend and protect our beloved Constitution”.
On Monday‚ National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams announced the withdrawal of fraud charges against Gordhan and two former South African Revenue Service officials Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay.
The three men were set to appear in court this week in connection with fraud charges relating to the early retirement and re-employment of Pillay.
Abrahams said that after considering representations he found Gordhan‚ Pillay and Magashula lacked the requisite intention to act unlawfully.
The Economic Freedom Fighters and Save South Africa — a campaign made up of organisations‚ civil society groups‚ business leaders and prominent individuals — will also be marching to court on Wednesday.