JOHANNESBURG, September 12 – President Jacob Zuma’s counter-application against the Democratic Alliance’s case to force him to establish a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture, is expected to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended that Zuma appoint a commission of inquiry headed by a judge. The DA approached the North Gauteng High Court to declare that Zuma had failed to comply with the Public Protector’s remedial action.
Zuma has taken Madonsela’s “State of Capture” report, which shed light notably on Eskom’s dealings with the Gupta family, on review because he differs with her directive that a commission of inquiry, headed by a judge appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, be appointed to further probe the funnelling of state resources to politically connected businessmen.
Madonsela gave Zuma 30 days to appoint the commission of inquiry, and the DA has gone to court to force him to implement the remedial action. But the president argues that the Constitution gives him alone the right to appoint the head of a judicial commission of inquiry.
In June, Zuma responded to the DA’s court application with a counter application for a stay on implementing Madonsela’s report pending the outcome of the review, if necessary.
In his arguments for a review, he states that he was not compelled to comply with a report of the Public Protector if he had cause to doubt its correctness.
– African News Agency (ANA)