Zuma order to pay costs of failed legal suit, a damning indictment: Law expert

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that President Jacob Zuma had no justifiable basis to ignore the impact of state capture and to object to the Public Protector’s remedial action.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo ordered Zuma to set up a Commission of Inquiry led by a judge appointed by the chief justice within 30 days.

Can the President appeal this High Court judgment?

CapeTalk's John Maytham speaks to Associate Professor of law at Wits University, James Grant about the possibilities of Zuma appealing this judgment.

My understanding is that this in theory is an appealable decision... The position is that the moment a person appeals an order of court, the effective order is suspended in terms of the Superior Court Act.

James Grant, Associate Professor of law at Wits University

The bottom line is that the lodging of an appeal has the final effect that the original order is suspended until the appeal that is lodged is finally decided.

James Grant, Associate Professor of law at Wits University

I think that for the fist time the President has been now warned that he needs to consider his options very careful when he goes about using public funds to try and postpone the consequences of his conduct.

James Grant, Associate Professor of law at Wits University

President Jacob Zuma is reportedly the first President of South Africa to be issued with a personal legal cost order.

The fact that a President has been ordered to pay the cost of a failed legal suit personally, that is a damning indictment.

James Grant, Associate Professor of law at Wits University

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Zuma order to pay costs of failed legal suit, a damning indictment: Law expert


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