Madonsela to oppose bid to prevent release of state capture report

EFF, Cope, UDM also aim to halt Des van Rooyen's attempt to interdict the release of state capture report.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will oppose Des van Rooyen's interdict application in court today. Advocate Nic Ferreira is representing Madonsela, and has indicated that they will oppose Van Rooyen's application.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has also arrived at court, and has been seen speaking with the legal teams.

The EFF's advocate Dali Mpofu is representing his party, which is applying to intervene in the matter.

Earlier Eyewitness News reported that opposition parties the EFF, Cope and the UDM would head to the High Court in Pretoria today on an urgent basis to try and halt Van Rooyen's attempt to interdict the release of the state capture report.

A counter application has been filed on an urgent basis by opposition parties EFF, Cope and the UDM.

In his founding affidavit, Malema explains that the parties want to intervene and are seeking an order compelling the Public Protector to release her report immediately.

He says there is an overwhelming public interest for the release of the report and there are compelling reasons for the public to know if the allegations of state capture are unfounded or not.

Malema says an interdict prohibiting the release of the report today is comparable to a permanent stay of an investigation and prosecution.

He adds that our constitutional democracy prides itself on transparency and this type of conduct cloaks the conduct of the Public Protector in veils of secrecy.

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

Read the EFF, Cope and UDM affidavit.