PRETORIA – The High Court in Pretoria is hearing submissions from various political parties to establish who is part of the application by President Jacob Zuma to interdict the release of the state capture report.
The president is expected to ask that the matter be postponed to allow him more time to read through additional affidavits submitted by people opposing his application.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Congress of the People (Cope), Democratic Alliance (DA), and United Democratic Movement (UDM) have been joined by former African National Congress MP Vytjie Mentor in opposing the matter, while minister Des van Rooyen and Mosebenzi Zwane have joined to support Zuma.
Judge President Dunstan Mlambo reminded the court that the main applicant in this matter is president ZumaBut the judge wanted to establish who the other parties were, to determine their interest in the matter.
The DA has argued that its role and rights, in this case, should not be questioned because it was the party that brought the complaint to the Public Protector which led to the investigation.
The EFF has argued that the report is of national importance because it involves the highest office in the country and the public has a right to know what’s contained in it.
The UDM argued that Zuma wants to prevent the release of the report because it could be used to impeach him.