President Jacob Zuma responding to questions in Parliament on 23 November 2016. Picture: GCIS.
JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says President Jacob Zuma’s application against the state of capture report is a desperate move to delay the inevitable
The party says it will oppose Zuma’s court application to have the report set aside and reviewed.
Zuma wants the High Court in Pretoria to order Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate the report further.
Last month, the DA laid corruption charges against Zuma and other officials implicated in the state of capture report.
The DA has described Zuma’s application as a desperate move calling it the last kick of a dying horse.
In a statement the party says the president is delaying the inevitable after being rejected by the electorate and some members of the African National Congress (ANC).
The DA says it wants to ensure that Zuma is held accountable for abusing his power by enriching himself at the expense of the poor.
Presidency spokesperson Bongani Nqulunga has confirmed that the president has indeed filed papers at the High Court in Pretoria asking the court to review and set aside remedial actions contained in the state of capture report.
Among the recommendations were that the chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng should appoint a judge to chair a commission of inquiry into allegations made in the report.
Zuma said in his founding affidavit that the remedial action was unlawful as it straddles the separation of powers doctrine.
Last week, the president announced he will be taking the remedial action in the Public Protector’s report on review.