Van Rooyen’s lawyers: Intervention in state capture report a publicity stunt
Opposition parties intervened in an application he brought to halt the release of the report.
PRETORIA - Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen's legal team has referred to several political parties' intervention in the state capture report case as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Democratic Alliance (DA), United Democratic Alliance (UDM) and Congress of the People (Cope) intervened this morning in an application van Rooyen had brought to halt the release of the Public Protector's report.
The Minister has argued that he has not been given sufficient time to respond to questions.
His advocate Stephan du Toit argued that it appears the intervening parties have no direct or substantial interest in the matter.
"It seems to us to be rather a publicity stunt on behalf of political parties that direct and substantial interest has to be shown and is disputed at this stage on the papers we have seen."
All the parties agreed that Advocate Thuli Madonsela's report be preserved until the court rules on the matter.
The application has been postponed until the first of next month.
Meanwhile, Thuli Madonsela has begun releasing her final report, with her term coming to an end today.
Her report on state capture is not being released this afternoon.
She is releasing five reports today.