President Jacob Zuma has applied for an interdict to prevent Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her report on state capture. Madonsela has been investigating whether certain organs of state have been “captured” by private, politically connected interests. Zuma served Madonsela with the notice on Thursday‚ which will mean the Public Protector will not be able to release the report on Friday‚ as she had planned. Zuma was meant to meet Madonsela on Monday to clarify outstanding questions about the Gupta family’s role in the appointment of Des van Rooyen as finance minister, but he did not pitch at the meeting. Both Zuma and the Guptas have this week demanded to interview Madonsela’s witnesses in the probe.

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