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“I have a right, a legal right, to exercise my rights” – President Zuma

President Jacob Zuma told the parliament he was exercising his rights to interdict the release of the state capture report drafted by the former public protector Thuli Madonsela.

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President Jacob Zuma

President Zuma appeared before the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday where he answered questions on the public protector’s state capture report.

“I think its important for me to tell the honourable member that as a citizen of this country I have a right, a legal right, to exercise my rights. This is what I’ve done in terms of the public protector’s report.

“I interdicted it because she was going to issue a report having not talked to me or asked me questions,” Zuma said.

President Zuma reiterated that he was within his rights to interdict the report – which investigated allegations that the Gupta family has benefited from state resources and appointed ministers in Cabinet through their friendship with Zuma.

“It is in fact within the act of the public protector that those who are to be questioned, they have a right to do what I’ve done,” Zuma said.

“There’s nothing wrong…”

Madonsela announced before she left office that, in a meeting she had with Zuma earlier this month, the president had asked that the state capture report be deferred to current public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

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