13 December 2017

South Africa: President Zuma Heads to ANC Conference With Bloodied Nose Amid Damning Court Rulings


On Wednesday, Jacob Zuma became the first president of South Africa to be issued with a personal legal cost order. Twice over. This was delivered by the High Court in Pretoria, which has issued a stinging slapdown in three different court cases since Friday. In less than a week, Zuma was described as "reckless", "unreasonable", "grossly remiss" as a litigant with a "flagrant disregard" towards his obligations and, in two unrelated cases, too "conflicted" to fulfil his constitutional duties. By PAULI VAN WYK.

President Jacob Zuma's power is not "an untrammelled" power that allows the president to act as he pleases, a full bench of judges in the High Court in Pretoria said on Wednesday. The 72-page judgment delivered by Judge President Dunstan Mlambo in Zuma's attempt to review and set aside former Public Protector advocate Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report is a harsh reprimand. The court's unanimous decision ratified the recommendations of Madonsela's State of Capture report - recommendations that Zuma tried his utmost to challenge.

Zuma's first attempt to interdict Madonsela releasing the report in October 2016 resulted in the first cost order against him, delivered just after 10:00 on Wednesday. Mlambo, also heading the panel of...

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