South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Asks Court Not to Publish Report on His Ties With the Gupta Family

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 24. He has been defending his relationship with the Gupta family. Siphiwe Sibeko/REUTERS

South African President Jacob Zuma has asked a court to stop the public protector, an anti-corruption watchdog, from releasing the findings of a probe into alleged political interference by his wealthy friends, the presidency said Thursday.

"I can confirm that the president has applied for a court interdict," Zuma's spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga told Reuters. He could not confirm whether the application had been granted.

The report was due to be issued Friday.