Political parties have accused President Jacob Zuma of trying to dodge responsibility in his application to interdict Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her state capture report today.
“He is wrong because according to procedure he is interfering with the investigation and this investigation did not start yesterday. Already the public protector was in contact with his office as early as March, so on what basis would he say there must be another delay?” asked United Democratic Front leader Bantu Holomisa.
“On two occasions she told the country that Zuma has changed his position on the matter, so it is clear these are delaying tactics.”
Holomisa said Zuma’s interdict application was casting a dark shadow on Madonsela’s successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
“What interest is it of hers? Why would he trust her and not Thuli Madonsela?”
Meanwhile, as Madonsela was weighing her legal options regard ing the court application, the DA was also consulting its lawyers.
“We would like the courts and the public protector to act independently. The matter is in the air at this time and we will wait and see what the public protector and the courts have to say,” said Mabine Seabe, DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s spokesperson.