President Jacob Zuma's lawyers have asked the Democratic Alliance (DA) to produce the intelligence report that the DA wants Zuma to supply.
The DA approached the High Court in Pretoria to ask for the record and explanation of Zuma's decision as well as the intelligence report he reportedly relied on to sack former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
The African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partner, the South African Communist Party (SACP) has cited the intelligence report as part of reasons raised by Zuma for firing Gordhan.
During his briefing when he left the National Treasury, Gordhan referred to the intelligence report as "nonsense".
State Security Minister David Mahlobo told media he has not seen a copy of intelligence report.
Wits University's Prof James Grant says Rule 35 (12) says when your opposing party makes reference to a document in their application, you are entitled to see that documents before the matter continues.
However, Grant says in a review application the situation differs where one party is asking for document the other party has relied on.
I expect our court not to entertain it. It's an abuse of law process.— Prof James Grant, Wits University
Grant says if Zuma gives different reasons than raised by ANC and other Cabinet members, the DA may have to make reference to those public statements and provide affidavits.
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