Published: Thu, December 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Jacob Zuma, South Africa's president, suffers double court blow

Jacob Zuma, South Africa's president, suffers double court blow

The court found that Zuma must institute a commission of inquiry into state capture within 30 days, which would be headed by a judge selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, as per the "binding" recommended remedial actions put forward by Madonsela.

"The President's persistence in continuing with the application [for an interdict against the Public Protector] amounts to abuse of judicial process", said Mlambo.

Zuma's actions 'grossly remiss'Zuma was also found to be personally liable for the costs of his legal challenge, as well as his aborted application to halt the report from being released.

In October the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by a lower court that the almost 800 corruption charges relating to an arms deal filed against Zuma before he became president in 2009 be reinstated.

Ramaphosa, the main rival for the ANC leadership to former African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is Zuma's favoured candidate and ex-wife, has recently stepped up criticism of Zuma's scandal-plagued government.

This isn't the first corruption allegation which the South African President Jacob Zuma faced during his time in office.

As yet Mr Zuma has not commented on the decision.

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"This is unprecedented but it also reflects the extent to which the courts might have taken a dim view of the president's abuse of legal process", Phephelaphi Dube, director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights, said by phone.

"The judgment lays out a timeline. we hope to get to the bottom of this", Maimane said, adding that his party would oppose any appeal in the case should Zuma launch one.

Judge President Dunstan Mlambo is handing down judgment in President Jacob Zuma's application to review and set aside former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report.

The report focused on allegations that Zuma's friends, the businessmen and brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, had influenced the appointment of ministers.

Mlambo says the president sought that the matter be referred back to the Public Protector for further investigation because the Public Protector can't outsource functions - but in argument, he abandoned that remittal.

The commission was ordered by the court to complete its task, and present a report with findings and recommendations within 180 days.

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