The Presidency confirmed on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma has applied for an urgent court interdict to stop the outgoing public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela from releasing her much anticipated report into state capture.
Kgalalelo Masibi, spokesperson for the Public Protector says due process was followed by the office of the public protector in conducting her investigation into state capture.
She says when the Public Protector wanted to interview the Gupta brothers she was informed that the Gupta's were out of the country. She then offered to do the interview via Skype but the response was that they preferred to do it face-to-face, and one of the brothers who was in the country at that time was interviewed.
On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma wrote to Madonsela saying that she could not conclude the investigation or issue any report until he received all the evidence implicating him and is able to question the witnesses.
The office of the Public Protector turned down this request as the law states that witnesses can be interviewed through her and not directly by the President, says Masibi.
Masibi also confirmed that the scheduled press conference by the office of the public protector will go on as planned on Friday afternoon.
However, she could not confirm whether the report into state capture will be released.
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