ANC looking forward to state capture report

It says the report will assist it in its fight against the interference of private interests in state affairs.

African National Congress (ANC) members at the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Irene, Tshwane. Picture: ‏@MYANC.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it looks forward to the release of the public protectors state capture report, which it says will assist it in its fight against the interference of private interests in state affairs.

Yesterday former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela announced that she would not release the preliminary report due to legal recourse.

On the same day, Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen approached the High Court in Pretoria, seeking an interdict against the release of the report.

Opposition parties also made an application in court which saw them settle for a draft order to keep the content of Madonsela's report unchanged.

New Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she will prioritise the state capture report once she begins her tenure.

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni says, "The allegations that there are undue influences on, for example, the appointment of cabinet ministers is an attack on our revolutionary movement and it's an attack on our democratic state. We are of the view that this report will assist us to firstly ascertain the facts around these allegations and also then to begin to draft a way forward."

Earlier today, the party moved to correct reports that National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete had declined to safeguard the public protector's report on state capture allegations.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo called the reports, which were derived from a statement issues by the parliamentary communication service, as "unfortunate".

The party says its chief whip, Jackson Mthembu,has met with Mbete who claims she did not instruct the department to release the statement, which she says does not represent her views.