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S Africa: DA In Bid to Force Zuma to Institute State Capture Inquiry
South Africa's Democratic Alliance [DA] will not only oppose the president's application to have the Public Protector's State of Capture report set aside, but will also approach the Constitutional Court to force him to appoint an inquiry.
"We will file papers today to compel President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry immediately," DA federal chairperson James Selfe said on Monday.
Last week Zuma filed an application with the high court to have the report, compiled by former public protector Thuli Madonsela, reviewed and set aside.
He said it was not the public protector's role to get involved in the terrain of the executive.
Madonsela was looking into allegations of an improper relationship between the president and the influential Gupta family in relation to key appointments in his Cabinet and the awarding of contracts at state-owned enterprises.
The former public protector said she didn't have the necessary resources to finish her investigation into state capture and recommended a judicial inquiry, which was to be appointed by the president.
However she said Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng should be tasked with choosing a judge to head up the commission.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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