PRETORIA– The Pretoria High Court has order the Presidency to pay costs for Wednesday’s court sitting after it withdrew former president Jacob Zuma’s application to review the call from former Public Protector (Ombudsman) Thuli Madonsela to establish a judicial inquiry in her State of Capture report alleging the exercise of undue influence over top State officials by outside parties.
This will include the costs incurred on April 6 when the withdrawal documents were filed. However, the legal team for the Presidency argued that the withdrawal should not deny Zuma the right to proceed with the application if he so wishes.
In December last year, the court ruled that the former president was liable for the costs of the application but the legal team argued that the withdrawal should not deny the former President the right to proceed with the application if he so wished.
Judge Dunston Mlambo argues that this causes confusion.
Opposition parties the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and United Democratic Movement (UDM) as well as the Public Protector are some of the respondents in the matter.
The respondents argued for the matter be dismissed with costs. The EFF’s advocate, Dali Mpofu, argued the applicant is, however, at liberty to leave the door open for Zuma in case he might wish to have recourse.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK