With an eminent backlash gathering force within the ANC over the prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, a statement by the ruling party endorsing former public protector Thuli Madonsela”s report on state capture sent a clear message that ANC have lost patience with President Jacob Zuma, his allies and unconvincing tactics.
Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete refused to safe-keep the state capture report, saying she would send it back to Pretoria, but the party countered that the report would help the ANC and the country “gain clarity on the allegations and point to the resolution of the reported challenges”.
Meanwhile, the rand reversed early losses against the dollar on Friday after Gordhan branded as “frivolous” the charges against him, promising international business leaders he was “here to stay”.
South African opposition parties, including Cope, the DA, the EFF and the UDM, joined the court case opposing Van Rooyen”s application to interdict Madonsela from releasing the report.
In the ANC statement on Friday, spokesman Zizi Kodwa said the party had spoken out against state capture, which amounted to “an attack on the character of the revolutionary movement, an attack on our democratic state and an assault on the confidence our people place on our movement and government”.
“The ANC commends… Madonsela on her committed service to South Africa and wishes her well in her future endeavours.”
DA leader Mmusi Maimane welcomed the order of the North Gauteng High Court to preserve the report as is and keep it safe, saying it would ensure it was not subject to amendment.
“The fight for accountability is not an easy one and is often subject to setbacks, but we are determined to see this matter through until the end,” he said.
“Jacob Zuma and those implicated in state capture may have delayed accounting for their role in undermining the sovereignty of the state and the rule of law, but they will face the music at an appropriate time.”
He said Zuma”s “house of lies and cronyism was falling apart, causing him to employ the most uncreative and desperate of tactics”.
On the state capture investigation, Madonsela said she would not cast aspersions on Pres. Zuma.
“All I said is that we had made arrangements to meet (Zuma for the state capture probe) and to proceed along the lines we had agreed to and on two occasions we didn”t proceed as agreed.
“What happened between those two agreements, only the Presidency is aware.”
Madonsela received a standing ovation, with Louisa Zondo, chief executive of the public protector, remarking that her departure was a “bitter-sweet moment”.
Thuli Madonsela has been commended by the ANC.