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Vavi: Zuma has no shame

President Zuma’s legal team filed a notice of appeal after the High Court decision that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa should appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions.

FILE: Saftu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Labour federation Saftu's Zwelinzima Vavi says President Jacob Zuma has no shame.

Vavi’s remarks came as Zuma’s legal team filed a notice of appeal after the High Court decision that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa should appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions.

“If this president had any shame we know that he would’ve resigned a long time ago. That judgment was just scathing. The president has been accused of perjury and playing around with the law.”

On Wednesday, Zuma received 30 days to set up inquiry into state capture and was ordered to personally pay the costs of his failed attempt to block the release of the report.

It’s unclear whether the president will appeal this judgment.

Parliament's portfolio committee on justice and correctional has welcomed the judgment.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga says this assures the nation that there will be an independent judiciary that will uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob says that Zuma and the ANC must take stock of the damage they have done to the country.

“Of course he will appeal, and he will lose the appeal and he will work it out and use our money to do the appeal. So that’s the approach but the ANC must stop him from doing so, although they seem incapable of doing that.”

In back-to-back judgments, Judge President Dunstan Mlambo described Zuma as reckless, an abuser of the judicial process and showing disregard for the constitutional duties of the Public Protector.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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