President Zuma withdraws application to interdict and draws criticism

By Drum Digital
02 November 2016

Legal counsel at the North Gauteng High Court says President Jacob Zuma’s must pay legal costs in his personal capacity, after withdrawing his application for an urgent interdict.

President Jacob Zuma’s decision to withdraw his application to interdict the release of the Public Protector’s report has been met with much criticism by legal counsel appearing at the North Gauteng High Court.

Advocate Dali Mpofu who represents the EFF, Cope and UDM has called the entire proceedings that have taken place in the last two days a complete waste of time and an insult to the courts.

Mpofu says the whole process should not have taken place in the first place as Zuma knew they would oppose his interdict.

In the matter of Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des Van Rooyen, Mpofu said it does not make sense for the state to pay for his legal costs because his meetings with the Guptas took place before he was appointed to his short- lived post as Minister of Finance, in 2015.

Legal counsel for the opposition parties and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor are in solidarity that President Zuma has wasted everyone’s time and must pay for all costs in his personal capacity and not use taxpayers’ money to do so.

What now remains is for the release of the Public Protector’s report on state capture.

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