CASAC: Zuma's costs orders seen as a 'sign of judiciary's frustration

"If someone says your house is burning, honestly, you've got to sort that out".

Madonsela called also on government officials to respect the court ruling.

The ruling comes days after the same court dealt a stinging rebuke to Zuma by ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid and should be set aside immediately.

The court ruled that Madonsela's remedial actions were binding and ordered Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture‚ headed by a judge exclusively appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ within 30 days of the order.

Madonsela said she was happy with the court's decision and believed that she and her team had done their jobs. "To have found in Zuma's favour would have been madness", he said. "A dysfunctional Cabinet and a dysfunctional ANC".

"But more than anything, any day we lose we are losing evidence".

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"We are putting a very strong argument that Zuma must pay the costs personally...once the costs are from Zuma's pocket, then all ministers are going to learn to take advice, all ministers are going to learn not to take hasty decisions out of anger, and out of emotions", said EFF Leader Julius Malema.

A judicial commission was best suited to investigate the allegations against Zuma, Mlambo said, adding: "The allegations. detailed in the report are extremely serious". "Without limiting the generality of the forgoing the president shall ensure that the judge who is to head the commission of inquiry is given the power to appoint his or her own staff and to investigate all the issues using the record of the public protector's investigation and the State of Capture report as a starting point".

"The president shall submit a copy [of the eventual report], with an indication of his intention regarding the implementation to Parliament, within 14 days of releasing the report", Mlambo said.

Mlambo found that Zuma was compromised and had a "clear personal interest in the outcome of the inquiry", and was at the centre of the State of Capture report.

Mlambo criticised Zuma for persisting with his application even after it became clear it had no merit. "The remedial action [of the Public Protector] is lawful and appropriate", he added.


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