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President Jacob Zuma. (Gallo Images)

Jacob Zuma makes lousy attempt to explain his State of Capture challenge

Come on Msholozi, even you can do better than this. Jacob Zuma isn’t convincing many people with his latest round of excuses.

Jacob Zuma Ramatlhodi

President Jacob Zuma. (Gallo Images)

When you think of people committed to protecting the South African constitution, Jacob Zuma doesn’t exactly rank high up on the list. Yet here he is, in all of his glory, claiming that his decision to challenge Thuli Madonsela in court was born out of “integrity”.

Court papers shared by Business Day reveal that uBaba took on the former public protector’s decision to make him set up a state capture inquiry because he was “trying to safeguard the country”. We’re not sure that one is going to fly, and nor is the rest of South Africa…

Why Jacob Zuma challenged the state of capture report

In his application, Zuma lambasted the charges as being “completely baseless”, while also criticising Madonsela for not forming a report that would be robust enough to hold up in court. Well, we all know how that one ended…

“I had to be certain that Madonsela’s directive could pass constitutional muster, for the integrity of the commission of inquiry depended on the constitutional foundations. These findings are without any basis whatsoever.”

Jacob Zuma

Keeping up with Zuma’s trials

Zuma launched a challenge against a cost order placed against him earlier this year, when he filed his leave to appeal last week. He was told by the courts to cover the costs of his “frivolous” case, which was rumoured to cost him about R3 million.

This ruling is separate from the costs order placed on Msholozi last week, too. He was told to repay at least R16 million to the state of South Africa, after using taxpayer money to fight his personal battles while in office. Although presidents are entitled to a publicly-funded defence, Zuma’s alleged crimes of corruption invalidate his diplomatic rights.