Presidency disappointed, after Jacob Zuma was listed as the most reckless president in South Africa’s political history

The presidency is totally dismayed after the disparaging language was used, including the listing of the president in such a derogatory manner.

The full bench in Pretoria on Wednesday ordered president Jacob Zuma to personally pay the costs of his failed bid to stop the release of the Public Protector’s state capture report.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling is again an indication that state capture and corruption is a reality in South Africa.

Gordhan said public officials have a choice to do right by country’s citizens.

“Given a choice, we can either carry on with impurity thinking that the situation will last forever, or we begin to realise that change is around the corner. That change is going to negatively impact both individuals and collectives, and give us an opportunity to step onto the right side.”

Meanwhile, the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services in Parliament has welcomed the judgement.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga says this assures the nation that there will be an independent judiciary that will uphold the constitution and the rule of law.

In seperate judgement President Jacob Zuma has been described as reckless, that he abused the judicial process and showed disregard for the constitutional duties of the Public Protector.

The full bench in Pretoria on Wednesday ordered Zuma to personally pay the costs of his failed bid to stop the release of the Public Protector’s state capture report.

The court then wholly rejected his grounds to review the remedial action and ordered the president to establish a state capture commission of inquiry within 30 days, as per the terms set out by the Public Protector.

Over the course of several hours and spread over two judgments the court made it clear what it thought of Zuma’s conduct.

Judge President Dunstan Mlambo referred to Zuma’s approach to the litigation.

“The president’s persistence with the litigation clearly amounts to objectionable conduct and amounts to clear abuse of the judicial process.”

He says the action was baseless.

“The president has no justifiable basis to launch the review application in the circumstance. In doing so, he was reckless and acted unreasonably.”

The court further questioned the legal advice he obtained.

“The president was ill-advised and reckless.”

Zuma has been ordered to personally pay the costs of two failed applications.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who was at court on Wednesday, emphasised the urgency of setting up the inquiry.

“But more than anything else, every day we lose, we’re losing evidence and this is becoming a cold case and by the time we investigate, a lot of evidence, if not all of it, will be lost.”


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