South African Court Rejects Jacob Zuma's Bid to Block Corruption Inquiry

South African Court Rejects Jacob Zuma's Bid to Block Corruption Inquiry

South African Court Rejects Jacob Zuma's Bid to Block Corruption Inquiry

Cape Town - Civil rights body the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has welcomed Wednesday's judgment in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria which found that President Jacob Zuma must fulfil the remedial actions of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's 2016 State of Capture report.

Judge Mlambo, however, said that the accusations "detailed in the report are extremely serious", and that Mr. Zuma had a "clear personal interest in the outcome of the inquiry", according to local news media reports.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said in November a year ago that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng should set up the inquiry because the president had a conflict of interest.

Significantly, the Court noted that President Zuma's continued litigation in this matter was "unreasonable" and that various statements made resulted in an "irreconcilable contradiction".

Leader Mmusi Maimane says the African National Congress has become the president's keeper and must be stopped.

In November previous year, after Zuma failed to block its contents from being made public, Madonsela's report was released.

In August, he survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament by a far more slender margin than analysts had expected. Zuma also sought to block the report's release.

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The business family of Indian origin is accused of having undue influence over Zuma's government, including power over the appointment of some cabinet ministers. Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta and Zuma denied wrongdoing.

Mlambo said a judicial commission was best suited to investigate the allegations against Zuma.

His grounds of appeal included that the court had erred in holding that he was conflicted and was "unable" to perform his powers as president in relation to the appointment of the NDPP, but yet able to perform his other functions as president.

He was also ordered to appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture, but with the presiding judge to be chosen by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng because there was prima facie evidence that the president was involved in state capture.

This means that the report stands, and confirms that the President must at once establish a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into "State Capture" - as ordered to by the Public Protector.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) has asked the Constitutional Court to hear the confirmation proceedings on the appointment of a new National Director of Public Prosecutions urgently. Zuma is appealing that ruling.

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