JOHANNESBURG. – The South African High Court in Pretoria yesterday ruled against the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in the state capture case to have President Jacob Zuma implement remedial action recommended by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
The DA approached the court, asking it to rule that President Zuma has breached the constitution and order him to set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look into state capture. The president has applied to review the Public Protector’s remedial action and that case is expected to be heard later this year. Judge Motsamai Makume says the DA’s application is pending finalisation of the review application by Zuma.
“It would be in the best interest of the justice to grant the president a stay of the implementation of the remedial action, pending a decision of the review application. In any event, the DA itself makes the point that only a court order would suffice to suspend the implementation of the action.”
Meanwhile, President Zuma has appointed Advocate Daluxolo (Dali) Mpofu SC and Advocate Jennifer Cane SC as members of the Judicial Service Commission with immediate effect‚ the presidency said yesterday. Mpofu‚ who is also national chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)‚ and Cane were nominated by the General Council of the Bar of South Africa to represent the advocates’ profession in the JSC.
“President Zuma has congratulated Adv Cane and Adv Mpofu and wished them all the best in their new responsibilities of advancing the country’s constitutional democracy‚“ the presidency said in a statement. - EWN/HR/Times Live.