President Zuma to pay back the money for State of Capture interdict

President Zuma to pay back the money for State of Capture interdict

President Zuma to pay back the money for State of Capture interdict

The judges found that the president was protecting his individual rights when he tried to stop the release of the report in October past year and acted unreasonably by launching a review application when the remedial action of the public protector presented him with an opportunity to confront and address the problem of alleged state capture.

In a separate case, Judge Mlambo also ruled that Mr Zuma had been unreasonable in trying to use the courts to block the publication of an explosive official report into high-level corruption, known as state capture.

Madonsela said she was happy that the judiciary dismissed the review application‚ saying she and her team did their best. On Wednesday, the court ordered in their favour.

The report's author, Thuli Madonsela, told Reuters after the verdict: "An allegation that the state has been captured in the interests of the president and his friends is an allegation that needs to be investigated immediately".

The court found that Zuma must institute a commission of inquiry into state capture within 30 days, which would be headed by a judge appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, as per the "binding" remedial actions put forward by Madonsela, who has since retired, following the end of her contract. "... The public protector's report has uncovered worrying levels of malfeasance and corruption in the form of utter disregard of good corporate governance principles, some bordering on fraud, in government departments and state-owned enterprises".

"The conduct of the President requires a much sterner rebuke‚" Mlambo said‚ adding that Zuma's conduct amounted to an attempt to stymie the Constitutional obligation of the Public Protector's office.

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"In my view, a simple punitive costs order is not the taxpayer will carry that burden".

It has also ordered that the commission must wrap up in 180 days.

His court challenge resulted in further delaying the resolution of the state capture allegations.

As the original complainant in this matter, the DA says it remains focused on ensuring the state capture judicial commission of inquiry is promptly established.

COPE leader Mosioua Lekota said Zuma has been acting as the law unto himself and said the blame should be squarely placed before the entire leadership of the ANC.

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