Mkhwebane finalising processes to oppose Zuma’s state capture review bid

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says her office is finalising the various processes related to the 'State of Capture' review application.

FILE: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane during a press briefing. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA – Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane says her office is finalising the final processes as it prepares to oppose President Jacob Zuma’s application to review the State of Capture report.

The advocate revealed the development at a briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela ordered Zuma to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, an order that Zuma argues is unconstitutional.

Mkhwebane says her office is finalising the various processes related to the State of Capture review application.

“We’ll be opposing the judicial review application, we’re still finalising the process of collating all the evidence which the president required.”

She says they are also concluding confidentiality clauses with legal teams.

The matter has been set down to be heard for three days in October.

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The State of Capture report showed that Zuma failed to act on claims of state capture and that the Gupta family may have known about Des van Rooyen’s appointment as Finance Minister before December.

The report adds that the president's failure to investigate the claims made by Themba Maseko, Vytjie Mentor and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas mean he may have broken the Prevention of Corruption Act.

It also says that it’s a source of concern that Cabinet seemed to take an extraordinary and unprecedented step in intervening with the relationship between the big banks and companies that employed his son Duduzane Zuma.

In her report, Madonsela also goes through the conduct of Eskom and says it appears that its conduct was solely aimed at forcing the Optimum coal mine into business rescue and then financial distress.

It says that that allowed the Tegeta company, which is owned by the Guptas, to buy the coal mine.

This report also says that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s conduct in going to Switzerland to help the Guptas buy the mine appears to have broken the Constitution.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)