President Jacob Zuma

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will today know whether he is compelled to implement the Public Protector's remedial action that called for a commission of inquiry to be established to investigate state capture. 

Last year, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended that a commission of inquiry be established by Zuma but that the judge should be chosen by the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. 

Zuma took issue with this remedial action, which was set out in a report titled "The State of Capture", and is set to challenge it in the courts next month. He believes the Public Protector has no right to tell him who should appoint a judge that would head up the inquiry. 

The DA, which brought the case to the High Court, argued that while Zuma is legally challenging the remedial action on review  he is compelled to go ahead and apply the remedial action recommended by Madonsela. 

But Zuma argued he cannot start implementing the remedial action as he risked acting on unlawful grounds whilst the remedial action is being reviewed. 

The State Of Capture report was scathing and lead to the unraveling of the extent of the Gupta family's influence over government departments and officials. 

Judgement is set to handed down later this morning.  

Political Bureau