South Africa's president seeks to block release of report

South African media say President Jacob Zuma is seeking to block the release of a preliminary report on whether a wealthy business family sought to influence the selection of some Cabinet minister picks.

News outlets eNCA and News24 reported Thursday that Zuma is going to court to prevent the release of the report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, head of the state watchdog agency. Zuma previously asked for an opportunity to question witnesses who testified for her report.

Madonsela is investigating links between Zuma and the Guptas, an Indian immigrant family accused of meddling in politics. Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing.

Madonsela is completing a seven-year term and will be replaced by lawyer Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Saturday.