Opposition calls on Zuma to pay legal costs in state capture matter

Jacob Zuma was ordered to pay the costs for that case but the president now wishes to appeal.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties are calling on President Jacob Zuma to pay for the legal costs of his appeal against the High Court's decision on state capture.

Last week, a full bench found that the president's review application of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendations on alleged state capture was ill-advised and reckless.

He was ordered to pay the costs for that case but the president now wishes to appeal.

The EFF says the president must also be liable for costs in his appeal.

The Democratic Alliance's James Self says there must be an inquiry into state capture.

“The ANC conference said that there ought to be a commission of inquiry into state capture, it endorsed the Public Protector’s remedial action and if Zuma continues in his defiance of the decisions of the conference, then [Cyril] Ramaphosa must recall him as president.”