Things You Need To Know About The Zuma vs Madonsela Ruling

Things You Need To Know About The Zuma vs Madonsela Ruling

Things You Need To Know About The Zuma vs Madonsela Ruling

In that event, the ruling will be delayed until the appeal is heard and a decision made.

"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.

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.

"Zuma's insinuation that this act of perjury was a "typo" is an insult to the courts, and to the people of South Africa", Maimane said. The president is implicated in the state capture report and is at the centre of the allegations regarding the Gupta family's involvement in the appointment of cabinet ministers.

In November previous year, after Zuma failed to block its contents from being made public, Madonsela's report was released. Zuma and the Guptas have denied all accusations of wrongdoing.

The court ordered that once the inquiry is set up, it should complete its task and present its report to Zuma within 180 days.

The court ruled that Madonsela's remedial actions were binding and ordered Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture‚ headed by a judge exclusively appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ within 30 days of the order.

Mlambo said a judicial commission was best suited to investigate the allegations against Zuma. The president would then have to inform parliament of the action he planned to take based on the inquiry's findings within 14 days of receiving its report, the court said. "We therefore trust President Jacob Zuma will implement this judgment without delay in the interest of our country", it said. A full bench of the high court yesterday found that Zuma had no basis to launch the "reckless" review.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma had used every trick to obfuscate the state capture matter and that his party would oppose any bid to appeal the judgment.

But as it stands, the president must now appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture within 30 days, and the judge presiding over the probe will be appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

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