The Democratic Alliance said it was concerned by Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s decision not to challenge President Jacob Zuma’s interdict against the release of the ‘State Capture’ report.

“The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes with surprise and concern the decision this afternoon by Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to not stand up to President Zuma’s stall tactics and challenge the baseless interdict application by Zuma, seeking to halt the release of the report into State Capture,” the DA said in a statement.

The party said “ Mkhwebane’s revelations clearly indicate which way she is currently leaning, posing a real threat to our democracy.”

“The DA will fight in court on 2 November to ensure this meritless interdict brought by Jacob Zuma as a stalling tactic is thrown out of court. The report into State Capture must be made public “as soon as possible” so that the recommendations therein – which are legally binding – are actioned,” said DA.

“I requested this investigation back in March this year, for then Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela, to investigate the alleged project of State Capture by President Zuma and his friends – the infamous Gupta family,” said DA party leader, Mmusi Maimane.

During interviews for the position of Public Protector, The DA objected to Mkhwebane’s appointment, as they felt she was too close to the governing party.

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