Van Rooyen makes second attempt to block state capture report

Four-day finance minister Des van Rooyen has submitted a second attempt at getting a court interdict to block the release of the Public Protector’s report into alleged state capture.

This follows the withdrawal of his initial application – brought soon after president Jacob Zuma’s application – in which he stated that he was not implicated in the report.

However, damning news reports emerged over the weekend, saying that van Rooyen had been a regular visitor of the Gupta family a week before he was appointed finance minister, which may have changed the minister’s mind.

In December 2015, former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was unexpectedly fired from the position and replaced with van Rooyen. The move shocked the markets, forcing president Zuma to pull van Rooyen out and replace him with current finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

Van Rooyen was moved to the cooperative governance department, which he still heads up.

In early 2016, deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas made a startling revelation – claiming that the Gupta family had approached him prior to Nene being fired, offering him the position van Rooyen ultimately took, in exchange for cooperation in the role.

Jonas’ claims, along with similar stories from other government officials, brought the Public Protector’s state capture case into being.

Former Protector, Thuli Madonsela completed the first of two expected reports on the matter, and was set to release it on 14 october 2016, before the president and van Rooyen applied for their interdicts.

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