#StateCapture: Zuma’s team to seek postponement
Pretoria - Myron Dewrance, who is acting for President Jacob Zuma, says the legal team in the state capture court bid will ask for matter to be postponed.
The team was not ready yet, Dewrance said.
Zuma's application to interdict the release of the Public Protector's report on “state capture” is expected to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria from 10am today (Tuesday).
The application is set down to be heard before a full bench - Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, Joburg Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo and Judge Dawie Fourie.
The report, which was drawn up by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, contains her findings on allegations that the politically-connected Gupta family yielded vast influence over executive decisions. She finalised the report before leaving office in October.
Zuma, who has strong ties to the wealthy Gupta family, applied for an interdict to halt the release of the report, three days after he demanded an undertaking from Madonsela that she would not wrap up her investigation until he had been allowed to question witnesses in the investigation. The president complained that he was not given enough time to respond.
On Monday, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Co-operative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen applied for a court interdict to block the release of Madonsela's report.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the DA's legal team would argue that all the applications be dismissed.
African News Agency and IOL