Presidency ordered to pay costs for withdrawal of state capture appeal

2018-04-18 15:13
Former president Jacob Zuma in the Durban High Court on April 6, 2018. Zuma's case was postponed until June 8, 2018. (File, Yeshiel Panchia, Pool)

Former president Jacob Zuma in the Durban High Court on April 6, 2018. Zuma's case was postponed until June 8, 2018. (File, Yeshiel Panchia, Pool)

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The Presidency has been ordered to pay the costs of its application for leave to appeal a High Court judgment related to the Public Protector's report on state capture.

The Presidency was in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday to formally indicate President Cyril Ramaphosa's April 6 decision to withdraw the appeal application - first made by his predecessor Jacob Zuma in December.

Zuma had filed the original appeal through the Presidency while he was still in office, after the court dismissed his bid to review former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report.

The court also ordered Zuma to pay the estimated R10m legal costs in his personal capacity.

State attorney Isaac Chowe, for the Presidency, asked on Wednesday that the court make a costs order for the appeal up to the April 6 date.

The judges however indicated that it would be up to the court to determine the date.

Chowe also indicated that Ramaphosa's withdrawal did not prevent Zuma from appealing the judgment in his private capacity.

After a brief adjournment, Judge President Dunstan Mlambo ordered that the Presidency pay costs for the appeal, up to the present date.

"With the leave of the court, the withdrawal of the application for leave to appeal is duly granted," Mlambo said on behalf of a full bench.

"The applicant is ordered to pay the costs in the application for leave to appeal to date, being April 18, 2018."

Zuma is still liable for the other costs before the appeal was launched in December.

EFF counsel Dali Mpofu, also party to the case along with other opposition parties, argued that the court should make a second order, that the appeal as a whole be "dismissed".

He wanted to "close the door" on them "ever having to deal with the issue again" - possibly referring to Zuma bringing an appeal in his personal capacity.

The judges, however, argued that a withdrawal of the application, if granted by the court, would not necessitate a further dismissal in law.

Zuma is still able to join the case as a private party, and appeal the decision that he pay the estimated R10m legal bill personally.

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