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State capture: The saga continues

With Madonsela gone, there’s much anticipation as her successor is expected to be given the report tomorrow.

With Thuli Madonsela now out of the picture, Adv. Mkhwebane has said she will prioritse the report into President Jacob Zuma's relationship with the Gupta family. Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - There have been a number of developments regarding state capture and the Gupta family this weekend, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan launching legal action regarding the controversial family, and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) laying charges against them and the heads of some of their companies.

It's been revealed that Gordhan has moved to achieve a declaratory order, so that he isn't forced to intervene after the major banks withdrew their support for the family.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the charges against Gordhan and EFF leader Julius Malema come at a suspicious time, showing that the government is at war with its itself.

He says there is evidence of political interference in the National Prosecuting Authority, which has charged Gordhan with fraud.

MALEMA, GORDHAN UNFAZED BY NPA CHARGES

Last week, Minister Gordhan's lawyers released a statement saying he will not make a submission to NPA head Advocate Shaun Abrahams, asking him to reconsider his decision to charge him with fraud.

Abrahams told Parliament he would consider such a request if one was made following his decision on Tuesday to issue a summons for Gordhan.

At the same time, Julius Malema says two charges of breaking the 1950s Riotous Assemblies Act that have been levelled against him show that the state is getting desperate.

The NPA says Malema's been charged for inciting people to break the law, in relation to comments he made telling people to occupy empty land.

The first comment was made in Bloemfontein two years ago, the second was made in Newcastle earlier this year.

The EFF leader was given the summons by police officers in the middle of a press conference on 13 October 2016.

To read the complete court document, click here.

'STATE CAPTURE IS AN URGENT MATTER'

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she believes the state capture report is an urgent matter that needed to be finalised as soon as possible, but this doesn't mean she doesn't trust the new Public Protector.

The new Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is expected to be given the report, compiled by her predecessor, on Monday.

The report is said to be under lock and key at the National Assembly, this comes after the African National Congress (ANC) moved to correct statement by the Parliamentary communication service - stating that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had refused to safeguard the report.

Mbete distanced herself from the statement, saying it did not represent her views.

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni says the party is looking forward to the release of the report, as it believes the allegations of state capture are an attack on the movement and on the country's democracy.

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

Additional reporting by Stephen Grootes, Masa Kekana, Dineo Bendile & Koketso Motau.

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