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South African court orders Zuma to pay costs for challenging watchdog

PUBLISHED: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:51:34 GMT

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South Africa’s High Court ruled on Wednesday that an inquiry into alleged state influence-peddling in President Jacob Zuma’s government should be established as recommended by the anti-graft watchdog in a report released a year ago.

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 27JAN10 – Jacob G. Zuma, President of South Africa, speaks at the Opening Media Lunch ‘World Cup 2010 – before the kick-off’ during the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2010 at the Central Sport Hotel.
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He is ordered to personally pay the costs,” High Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said. The court is due to rule later on whether Zuma is legally compelled by the Public Protector to set up the inquiry.

Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley