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Big guns come out for state capture hearing

President Zuma’s lawyers have indicated they will seek a postponement in the application to interdict the release of the state capture report.

FILE: African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – Security has been heightened outside the High Court in Pretoria where President Jacob Zuma’s application to interdict the state capture report is being heard.

The president is expected to ask that the matter be postponed to allow him more time to read through additional affidavits submitted by people opposing his application.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Congress of the People, the Democratic Alliance and the United Democratic Movement have been joined by former African National Congress Member of Parliament Vyjtie Mentor to oppose the matter, while Ministers Des van Rooyen and Mosebenzi Zwane have joined to support the president.

At least four police armoured vehicles are parked outside the court, with dozens of police and metro police patrolling the streets.

Some members of the EFF have started gathering at the nearby church square ahead of a picket outside the High Court.

President Zuma’s lawyers have indicated they will seek a postponement today, because Mentor’s affidavit was only filed last week.

The president’s legal team says they haven't had sufficient opportunity to respond.

Zuma also questioned the finality of the report, but new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has indicated that it is indeed final.

Proceedings at the court started at around 10.30am.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)