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Opposition parties agree to draft order to preserve Madonsela report

President Zuma has also approached the High Court and that matter is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Kgothaso Mogale/EWN.

PRETORIA - The various parties in the state capture application in the North Gauteng High Court have agreed to a draft order that will preserve the Public Protector's report.

Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen approached the court to interdict the Public Protector from releasing it today, saying he has not had an opportunity to properly respond to it.

President Jacob Zuma has also approached the High Court and the matter is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's advocate told the court that her state capture report has been finalised and signed off.

However, the court was told that the report expresses no point of view on the evidence, and makes no findings or recommendations.

Counsel representing Van Rooyen, as well as the Economic Freedom Fighters, Cope, United Democratic Movement and DA have all agreed to the judge's proposed order.

It was agreed that Madonsela's report be preserved in its current state pending on order that it be released.

Van Rooyen's application will also be referred to be heard on Tuesday, when Zuma's application will be heard.

The parties are now writing a draft order.

VAN ROOYEN'S LETTER

In his own court papers, Van Rooyen makes public a letter sent by the Public Protector to him outlining the allegations against him, the president and the Gupta family.

These include the allegations that after being appointed Finance Minister in December last year, Van Rooyen arrived at the National Treasury with two Gupta-aligned advisors and the two were appointed without proper procedure.

It's also alleged that under Van Rooyen's direction or control, the advisors asked members of National Treasury for information on the SAA airbus swap deal amongst others.

The Public Protector says she has made the inference that Van Rooyen may have attempted to influence the appointment of Cabinet ministers to benefit his relationship with the Gupta family.

She also observes that Van Rooyen or his advisors may have sought to influence a government official to award contracts to the Gupta family in an irregular and unfair manner.

In the letter Madonsela explains that the contents are confidential and they may not be made public without her authorisation.

Read Des van Rooyen's application to interdict the release of the state capture report.

Read the EFF, Cope and UDM affidavit.

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