President Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment

President Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment

The ruling came days before a crucial elective conference of the governing African National Congress (ANC), where Zuma is due to step down as leader.

Ntsheke said: "While the court chose not to make any findings on whether perjury had been committed as this was not their task on the day, it ruled out the possibility of any typing errors which might have excused the president's inconsistencies".

A South African court on Wednesday reprimanded President Jacob Zuma as "seriously reckless" after he challenged the recommendations of the country's anti-corruption watchdog for a graft probe against him.

Analysts say the political crisis is making it hard to reform the economy, improve social services and fight crime.

In her report, released in November 2016, Ms. Madonsela called for the creation of a public inquiry, but Mr. Zuma has resisted, saying that the public protector did not have the authority to order him to set up the inquiry since the decision was his prerogative.

Ordering Zuma to pay the costs of the latest court challenge, Mlambo, the chief justice, said the president's conduct was "clearly objectionable. and amounts to clear abuse of the judicial process".

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Zuma had tried to block the publication of the report arguing that he had not been granted enough opportunity to respond to the charges. The commission must be headed by a judge selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, established within 30 days, and has 180 days to complete its work. Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta and Zuma denied wrongdoing.

"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 added.

The president's appeal against the order taking away his powers to appoint an NDPP resulted in the suspension of the court order.

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.

Thuli Madonsela, the report's author who was also at the court, said: "An allegation that the state has been captured in the interests of the president and his friends is an allegation that needs to be investigated immediately". Zuma is appealing that ruling.

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