Zuma's last-minute bid to gag Madonsela

Jacob Zuma said he wanted an assurance from Thuli Madonselas office that she would not release a report.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has served Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela with a notice of intention to go to court to stop her from releasing her report into state capture.

Tomorrow is Manansalas last day in office and she is due to release a batch of reports that have been finalised before she hands over to advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Earlier this week, President Jacob Zuma said he wanted an assurance from Madonselas office that she would not release a report.

She is due to hold a press conference tomorrow but her office has refused to confirm if she would give a report-back on this particular investigation.

The Gupta family has also claimed through its lawyers that Madonsela has treated them unfairly in this investigation.

The family reiterated this, saying Madonsela hasnt followed due process and it would not be in good faith if any report is released tomorrow.

Zumas spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said, President Zuma has applied for an urgent court interdict in connection to the report she has been conduction on what is called state capture.

Madonsela was expected to release either a preliminary report, or part of a final report into her investigation, tomorrow but now a court will have to hear the matter on an urgent basis.