South Africa's North Gauteng High Court sitting in Pretoria on Wednesday found that former Public Protector (Ombudsman ) Thuli Madonsela's recommended remedial actions, after her investigation report into state capture (corruption) against President Jacob Zuma, were "wise, necessary, rational and appropriate."In a landmark and scathing judgment, the full bench of the court led by Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, dismissed Zuma's application against Madonsela's report, which the president sought to nullify".
The court ruled earlier today that Zuma must pay application costs personally and appoint the Judicial Commission of Inquiry within 30 days as directed within the Public Protector remedial actions.
Zuma had challenged the right of the report's author to call for a judicial inquiry and the appointment by the chief justice of a judge to head it. Zuma said it was his prerogative whether to set up such an inquiry.
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In October, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's reinstatement of almost 800 corruption charges against Mr. Zuma relating to an arms deal before he became president, in 2009.
The ruling follows a decision by the same court last week that the chief prosecutor, who had challenged an opposition party bid to have separate corruption charges against Zuma be reinstated, must vacate his position.
In August, he survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament by a far more slender margin than analysts had expected.
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Zuma's ruling African National Congress welcomed the court decision.
Mlambo rebuked Zuma, saying he had attempted to interfere with the Constitutional obligation of the Public Protector. Zuma had tried to block the release of the report which looked at allegations that Zuma's associates, including the Gupta brothers had influenced the appointment of ministers.
The inquiry was recommended in a report called "State of Capture" released a year ago by the public protector. Zuma and the Guptas have denied wrongdoing. "Now he says although the court found me conflicted but was wrong to was I am unable to perform this function.exercising presidential powers".
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The court also ordered that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appoint a new NDPP within 60 days. Zuma is appealing that ruling.