Zuma told to pay back the money for Madonsela state capture challenge

President Jacob Zuma
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President Jacob Zuma has been ordered to personally pay the costs of his failed attempt to stop the release of the State of Capture report by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo in the High Court in Pretoria stated the president had “clearly acted in flagrant disregard of the duties of the Public Protector”.

He described Zuma’s actions as “completely unreasonable” and “grossly remiss”.

The application was brought last year in an attempt to halt Madonsela from releasing the report.

The landmark judgment could see Zuma having to fork out substantial amounts for legal fees.

Mlambo was scathing of Zuma’s persistence forging ahead with the legal action‚ even after a statement he made in his own answering affidavit that if Madonsela’s report was finalised‚ it should be released‚ rendered the entire application baseless.

“In my view a simple punitive costs order is not sufficient . . . as the taxpayer will carry that burden.

“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.

This is a developing story.

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One thought on “Zuma told to pay back the money for Madonsela state capture challenge

  • December 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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    Excellent work Justice Mlambo…if only others would follow suit! There is hope yet!

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