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DA to oppose Zuma’s plan over state capture report

The Presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma has decided to challenge the remedial action in the Public Protector's state capture report.

FILE: A screengrab of President Jacob Zuma answering questions in Parliament. Picture: Twitter/@ParliamentofRSA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will oppose President Jacob Zuma's application to take the remedial action in the Public Protector's State of Capture report on review.

The Presidency announced that after seeking legal advice, Zuma has decided to challenge the remedial action.

The report was compiled under the watch of former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela and was released earlier this month following a court order.

It implicates the president, Cabinet ministers and state-owned entities in corrupt dealings linked to the controversial Gupta family.

The DA’s Mabine Seabe says while President Zuma is operating within the parameters of the law by taking the State of Capture report on review, he has a history of using the court to delay being held accountable.

“This is the same man who has the history of using the court to delay the inevitable. President Zuma did make some absurd announcements in Parliament earlier this week, which shows he has no intention of establishing this judicial commission of inquiry.”

After seeking legal advice, Zuma has decided to challenge the remedial action and not the content of the report.

The application has to be submitted with a 180 days from the date that the report was released, meaning Zuma’s team has until April to do so.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)