South Africa: Zuma Blocks Release of Ombudsman Report on ‘State Capture’ by Wealth Cartel

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South Africa President Jacob Zuma has stopped the office of the Public Protector from releasing the draft report on investigation into the alleged state capture by wealth individuals.

The Office of the Public Protector is an external state institution in South Africa, tasked with the investigation of misconduct in any state affairs and all spheres of government including that of public administration in the country. It is one of the Chapter nine institutions independent of the Government.

Zuma served current holder of the office Thuli Madonsela with the notice Thursday, which will mean the Public Protector will not be able to release the report on Friday, as she had planned. The application to interdict is due to be heard in court on Tuesday.

A source in Madonsela’s office told Times Live: “We cannot proceed to release the report until the court has decided whether or not to grant the interdict.”

“I can confirm that the president has applied for a court interdict,” Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said.

.Friday is Madonsela’s final day in office.

Madonsela has been investigating whether certain organs of state have been “captured” by private, politically connected interests.

Credit: Times Live, Business Day, Reuters