Zuma asks court to set aside State of Capture report

DA says the application is unconstitutional.
Should the court set aside the report Zuma says he would instead set up a commission of inquiry into the allegations. Picture: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday asked the High Court to set aside a report by the anti-corruption watchdog on alleged influence-peddling in his government, saying he would instead set up a commission of inquiry into the allegations.

The court has been hearing a case brought by Zuma who had challenged the right of the report’s author, South Africa’s anti-graft agency known as Public Protector, to call for a judicial inquiry to investigate the allegations.

Zuma, 75, who previously described the “State of Capture” report as “unfair” in parliament, said setting up such an inquiry was his prerogative.

The report published a year ago recommended a judicial investigation into allegations of systemic corruption by Zuma, some of his ministers and heads of state-owned companies.

The report focused on allegations that Zuma’s friends, the businessmen and brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, had influenced the appointment of ministers. Zuma and the Guptas have denied the accusations.

In a fresh application on Tuesday, Zuma’s lawyers argued that the entire report by former Public Protector head Thuli Madonsela should be set aside.

Should the court grant his application, Zuma would set up a separate commission of inquiry himself within 30 days of the date of the order, court papers presented by his lawyers said.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance party opposes Zuma’s application, saying it is unconstitutional. It says it wants the court to support Madonsela’s recommendation for a judicial inquiry.


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We all know this, Zuma will set-up a Commission of Inquiry that will be biased. If this happens, the outcome will be obvious declaring Zuma is innocent. I doubt that the Courts will fall for this.

Do not underestimate the stupidity of people.

Unfortunately the courts are captured.

I don’t think the High Courts has been captured. Please state cases that makes you think so.

No matter how glaring the corruption; the masses will still vote for the ruling party for fear of losing their grants. Blerry Sad .

However there is a shift in university SRC’s. Wits is mahjority EFF and UP is DA.

How ridiculous can it get. Would any democratic first world country ever set aside such an important report?

SA is getting destroyed by a undoubtedly SUPER CORRUPT “President”

SARS cannot even do audits with him. They seem to forget how to do accounting.
How can he afford a house in Dubai and Nkandla with his salary?
1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 =1?

The NPA has blinkers only follows up on Pravin Gordhan.

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