State capture report to be kept 'under lock and key'

The court was told that the report makes no findings or recommendations against those implicated.

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PRETORIA - Several political parties as well as the legal teams of President Jacob Zuma and Minister Des van Rooyen are satisfied that the Public Protector's report on state capture be kept under lock and key until 1 November.

Van Rooyen approached the High Court in Pretoria to interdict Thuli Madonsela from releasing the report, claiming he had not been given an opportunity to respond to it.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Democratic Alliance (DA), United Democratic Alliance (UDM) and Congress of the People (Cope) intervened to oppose the application, arguing there was significant public interest in the report being released.

EFF Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi was concerned that the incoming Public Protector may bury Madonsela's report, but was satisfied that a court may at a later stage order it to be released.

"If there's an order compelling them to release it, then it doesn't matter who holds the office."

Ngcukaitobi added, "The EFF is significantly concerned about what would actually happen to this report if the current Public Protector leaves office?"

Minister van Rooyen's Advocate Stephan du Toit says he's concerned for his client's rights.

"Our client has not been given a meaningful right to respond, he's been given 24 hours' notice and that's certainly not sufficient."

The court was told that the report makes no findings or recommendations against those implicated.