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High Court to rule on state capture judicial commission

Last year, the Public Protector ordered the president to establish a judicial commission of inquiry led by a judge and appointed by the chief justice.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria will on Friday hand down its ruling in the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s application to compel President Jacob Zuma to implement the remedial action recommended in the State of Capture report.

Last year, the Public Protector ordered the president to establish a judicial commission of inquiry led by a judge and appointed by the chief justice.

Zuma has taken the remedial action on review, which is set down to be heard next month.

Zuma has argued that the Public Protector’s remedial action has been suspended because he has taken the state of capture report on review.

His legal team told the court it risks declaring potentially unlawful remedial action as lawful if it compels the president to establish a state capture judicial commission of inquiry.

But the DA argues that the review proceedings do not suspend the implementation of the remedial action.

The party says Zuma should have obtained an order, staying the enforcement of the proposed measures.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)