While Manyi struck a defiant tone consistent with Zuma's refusal to acknowledge the commission's work and its findings, President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected on the work of the Zondo commission and pronounced SA ready to move beyond the era of state capture.
On Saturday Manyi said Zuma had instructed his legal team, led by Mpofu, to take Zondo's final state capture report on review.
“The parts that are being taken on review are the parts that refer to him but ... he is saying that these are fruits of a poisoned tree, he is saying the whole thing is rotten, unlawful, and the whole thing was wrong from the start. It violated the constitution,” said Manyi.
Zuma, who was billed to be present at the briefing addressed by Manyi, was a no-show after being advised by Mpofu that his attendance may cause a “hullabaloo” and could breach one of the conditions of his medical parole.
The threats to challenge the report are last-ditch attempts by Zuma to try to absolve himself from the crimes allegedly committed by the Guptas.
The National Prosecuting Authority is in the process of trying to have Rajesh and Atul Gupta, who have been arrested in Dubai, extradited to SA.