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[UPDATE] DA opens perjury case against Zuma

This follows Wednesday’s judgment by the High Court in Pretoria that Zuma be held personally liable for the costs incurred from his failed bid to block the release of the Public Protector's State of Capture report.

FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has opened a case of perjury against President Jacob Zuma following the blistering state capture judgement.

The Pretoria High Court on Wednesday ordered Zuma to personally settle the legal bill for his failed review into the Public Protector’s state of capture report.

It’s believed the legal costs stand at about R6 million.

The DA says it has enough evidence to prove Zuma deliberately lied in his affidavits submitted in the state capture court case and then blamed typing errors.

The DA’s James Selfe says it’s the first time that a sitting president has been ordered by a court to personally be liable for his own errors.

“It is our view that he must pay all the costs back personally. In other words, the full R6 and a bit million. And that he must table proof of this payment in parliament no later than 31 January.”

Leader Mmusi Maimane says the African National Congress has become the president’s keeper and must be stopped.

The DA announced it would open a case of perjury against Zuma on Thursday afternoon.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said: “It’s a day I think the judiciary helped us draw a line in the sand to help us charter a way forward as South Africans, especially as it relates to the president. I think the very significant thing is to begin to say that Jacob Zuma is now liable for R6 million.”

As the original complainant in this matter, the DA says it remains focused on ensuring the state capture judicial commission of inquiry is promptly established.

“The president cannot continue to shield himself, his friends, and his family from accountability.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)