S.African court blasts Zuma over graft inquiry report

15 December, 2017, 05:01 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • S.African court blasts Zuma over graft inquiry report

President Jacob Zuma has applied for leave to appeal against a ruling by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must appoint the National Director of Public Prosecutions for as long as Zuma remained in office.

Zuma was also slapped with two personal costs orders - which the DA estimates to be in excess of R6million - for his conduct during litigation before and after former public protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report was released in October past year.

"The President [Jacob Zuma] is directed to appoint a commission of inquiry within 30 days, headed by a judge exclusively selected by the Chief Justice [Mogoeng]", said Judge President Dunstan Mlambo when he delivered the judgement on behalf of a full bench.

The DA says it has enough evidence to prove Zuma deliberately lied in his affidavits submitted in the state capture court case and then blamed typing errors.

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Zuma's ruling African National Congress welcomed the court decision.

In her report, released in November 2016, Ms. Madonsela called for the creation of a public inquiry, but Mr. Zuma has resisted, saying that the public protector did not have the authority to order him to set up the inquiry since the decision was his prerogative. Zuma had tried to block the release of the report which looked at allegations that Zuma's associates, including the Gupta brothers had influenced the appointment of ministers. Zuma and the Guptas have denied all accusations of wrongdoing.

"The allegations. detailed in the report are extremely serious", Mlambo said.

"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.

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Zuma was told by the judges that his powers are not untrammelled and that his legal challenge resulted in further delaying of the resolution of state capture allegations.

Ntsekhe told journalists the party chose to file charges against Zuma after a full Bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria delivered its scathing ruling against him.

On Friday, the top court ruled that Zuma's appointment of a state prosecutor was not valid and should be set aside immediately.

Judge Mlambo ordered Mr. Zuma to set up the inquiry within 30 days, ensure that its work concluded within 180 days and inform Parliament within 14 days of the findings. Zuma is appealing that ruling.

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