Zuma to pay le­gal costs

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - African News Agency (ANA)

FOR­MER pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has been de­nied leave by the South Gaut­eng High Court to ap­peal against a court rul­ing that or­dered him to pay the costs of his failed le­gal re­view of for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s di­rec­tive that a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry be ap­pointed to probe the state cap­ture scan­dal.

Zuma had sought to take on re­view Madon­sela’s re­me­dial ac­tion on the ba­sis that, ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion, only the pres­i­dent had the dis­cre­tion to ap­point a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry and that he could not be di­rected by an­other or­gan of state as to how to ex­er­cise his power.

Madon­sela also in­structed that not the pres­i­dent, but the chief jus­tice ap­point the judge to head the com­mis­sion.

The court held on Fri­day that an ap­peal against the costs or­der had “no rea­son­able prospect of suc­cess” and it was not in the in­ter­est of jus­tice that Zuma be al­lowed to pro­ceed. It said the par­ties to the case and the pub­lic de­served “much-needed fi­nal­ity in this mat­ter”.

The judges dealt ex­ten­sively with Zuma’s de­lay in launch­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal only on June 8 |

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