Madonsela links Zuma move to state capture probe
Publish date: 10 April 2017
Issue Number: 721
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called on President Jacob Zuma to withdraw his Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) application to review and set aside the remedial action recommendations in the State of Capture report. According to a News24 report, she said Zuma should immediately appoint a commission of inquiry or allow Parliament to host open public hearings under the Joint Ethics Committee regarding the report. Madonsela acknowledged the recent Cabinet reshuffle that saw the removal of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. She said Jonas' removal was inevitable because of his whistle-blowing role in the report. She added that Jonas ‘simply lost his job without the administrative justice of having had his allegations tested by an independent body’. ‘I respectfully believe that this does not augur well for would be whistle-blowers, our country's fight against corruption and efforts in the pursuit of good governance, the rule of law and sustainable democracy.’ Madonsela added that many of the other Ministers who were dismissed had either been helpful in the ‘state capture’ investigation or spoke out against delaying tactics regarding the probe. She also highlighted the fact that Gordhan was dismissed as Finance Minister while he was involved in litigating on behalf of government against Oakbay, a company co-owned by Zuma's son and the Gupta family.