By Pinky Khoabane
President Jacob Zuma will need a better legal team than the one that showed-up in court today if he’s to stave-off the unrelenting pressure for regime change.
In a last minute U–turn, the President today, withdrew his move to interdict the release of the report into State Capture. I’m not a law expert but it was clear that he was within his right to demand that he be afforded the right to cross-examine witnesses interviewed in the investigations into State Capture and was not granted by the right by the former public protector, Thuli Madonsela.
So why go to court to interdict the report instead of approaching the new public protector to appeal for more time to do what is his constitutional right and interview the witnesses?
If the court decides as is now being demanded by the opposition parties, that the report be released within 24 hours, where does it leave his right to challenge the report? Again, Im no lawyer but the intention to interdict and then withdraw leaves him in a position of weakness and a suggestion, he may have had no case at all.
Then we have the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane’s case to interdict the State Capture report, which is to be heard next week. What happens now that the president has withdrawn his case?
The Nkandla issue for which the president finally conceded after putting the country through one of the most painful time, should have ended when Madonsela first recommended that he pays a portion of the costs that went towards non-security items on his home.
We are at a time in our history where we have little faith in some of the institutions that are supposed to uphold the law and deliver justice. The rush of the state capture report by the previous public protector together with the charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan which were instituted by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and swiftly withdraw ahead of massive marches, many funded by white capitalists, leave us with little faith in these institutions.