Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Zuma to appeal court ruling permitting Ramaphosa to appoint new NPA boss

Zuma to appeal court ruling permitting Ramaphosa to appoint new NPA boss

But in a ruling issued on Wednesday in Pretoria, High Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo upheld a recommendation by South Africa's public protector and said Zuma's conduct was "clearly objectionable. and amounts to clear abuse of the judicial process".

Zuma was also found to be personally liable for the cost of his legal challenge, as well as his aborted application to halt the report from being released.

This latest encounter with the courts came as a result of the president's legal challenge over the right of the public protector to call for a judicial inquiry and the appointment by the chief justice of a judge to head it. Zuma argued it was the president's prerogative whether such an inquiry should be set up.

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The court also set aside the president's decision to get rid of Mxolisi Nxasana as NDPP and ordered Nxasana to pay back his R17.3-million golden handshake, but said it would not be just and equitable to reinstate Nxasana or to retain Abrahams in the position.

The court ruling on Wednesday may well deepen sentiment among A.N.C. officials that it is time for a clear break with Mr. Zuma, even though he is scheduled to remain in office as president until 2019, despite an accumulation of corruption-related crises.

Zuma has survived several votes of no-confidence in parliament.

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In November previous year, after Zuma failed to block its contents from being made public, Madonsela's report was released.

The business family of Indian origin is accused of having undue influence over Zuma's government, including power over the appointment of some cabinet ministers. Zuma also sought to block the report's release. Zuma and the Guptas have denied wrongdoing. But as it stands, the president must now appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture within 30 days, and the judge presiding over the probe will be appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane, who was at the court, welcomed the ruling. The Court chose not to make any findings on whether perjury had been committed, as this was not their task on the day, but they ruled out the possibility of any typing errors, which might have excused the President's inconsistencies.

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His grounds of appeal included that the court had erred in holding that he was conflicted and was "unable" to perform his powers as president in relation to the appointment of the NDPP, but yet able to perform his other functions as president.

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