Accountability Now won't back down against Zuma

The group is giving Zuma him two weeks to take action against three top NPA officials.

President Jacob Zuma speaks in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Organisation Accountability Now says if President Jacob Zuma opposes their application to force him to take action against three top NPA officials, they'll ask the court to make him pay government's legal costs personally.

Yesterday, the group sent a letter to Zuma giving him two weeks to take action against Deputy NPA Head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, its North Gauteng boss Sibongile Mzinyathi and its Commercial Crimes Unit Head Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi.

The three were strongly criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal for withdrawing charges against Richard Mdluli while Jiba faces perjury charges in another case.

University of KwaZulu-Natal law professor Karthy Govender says the application could force Zuma to explain why he hasn't acted.

"The rationality standard is not a particularly onerous standard and the president will have to provide some explanation for not taking action."