South Africa: Maimane Takes Perjury Case Against Zuma to the Courts

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President Jacob Zuma (file photo).
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Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme and National Spokesperson Refiloe Nt'sekhe laid charges against President Jacob Zuma at the Rosebank Police Station at lunch time on Thursday. The DA laid charges of perjury against the president for misrepresentation under oath - not once, but twice. By BHEKI SIMELANE.

The country's president, Jacob Zuma, is recovering from a judicial blow inflicted by the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday. The court ordered Zuma to pay the costs of the review application for his unsuccessful bid to challenge the Public Protector's State of Capture report.

Just a day after the damning judgment, the Democratic Alliance, which is embroiled in a number of court processes against the president, said the charges against Zuma were laid in order to begin the process of eradicating corruption.

Maimane spoke amid confirmation that the president is to appeal the court decision. Maimane said appealing the decision "would be frivolous".

Maimane likened Zuma to a "tsotsi trying to play around with the courts", adding, "He basically can't proceed unless the Guptas have bottomless amounts of cash.

"We will oppose an appeal because the judicial inquiry is a direct and correct order by the public protector," Maimane...

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