Thuli Madonsela has spent her last night in office as Public Protector consulting her lawyers after two parties tried to gag her much-anticipated report into allegations of “state capture”.
Pres. Zuma and Local Government Minister Des Van Rooyen have applied to the courts to interdict the release of the report.
By late last night, her office said it was still taking legal advice on the interdicts.
However, Madonsela is going ahead with her final media briefing, marking the end of her seven-year tenure.
“At 2pm Madonsela will release her last batch of investigation reports,” It also said she would give a progress report on other matters.
EFF leader Julius Malema earlier confirmed that he gave evidence to Madonsela.
In March this year, he claimed that President Jacob Zuma visited the United Arab Emirates to drop off R6bn belonging to the Guptas.
It is not clear whether his evidence to Madonsela shed more light on his claims.
“Zuma was in UAE recently in Dubai. That was not an official visit, it was a personal one. Zuma took money to UAE. That is where they are dumping money. The Guptas have taken R6bn to Dubai,” Malema told reporters following the Nkandla Constitutional Court judgment.
Most South Africans hope that Madonsela’s investigation might provide clarity around some of the battles which have played out in the country’s newspapers, such as Eskom and treasury’s spat over the Gupta-owned Tegeta Resources, and the real state of the nuclear deal.
There is still no clarity on whether or not South Africans will get to hear the contents of the preliminary report from Madonsela as she prepares to walk away from being the country’s beloved public protector, or if her successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane will put the matter on top of her priority list.
The constitutional court declared that the public protector’s findings are binding unless reviewed by the courts, suggesting that Zuma and Van Rooyen were within their rights to go to court.
They supported President Zuma’s demand that his lawyers question the court, and claimed that Van Rooyen never met with the public protector.