In a sudden twist of events, President Jacob Zuma has withdrawn a counterclaim to have former public protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report re-investigated.
President Jacob Zuma has just abandoned his proposal that #statecapture should go back to the public protector for further investigation.— Phillip de Wet (@phillipdewet) October 25, 2017
In other words, Zuma wants the public protector's plan on #statecapture overturned, but offers nothing in its place.— Phillip de Wet (@phillipdewet) October 25, 2017
Zuma's legal team launched a bid to oppose the recommendations made by Madonsela in the report last year. The matter was heard in the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday.
DA argues that Zuma abandoning his bid to get PP to investigate #Statecapture means his whole review must be dismissed.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) October 25, 2017
Last year, Madonsela directed the president to establish a commission of inquiry led by a judge appointed by the Chief Justice. However, Zuma is arguing that he, as the president, is the only one with the power to decide the terms of reference and the judge who will preside over the inquiry.