She sat in the front row in the public gallery‚ occasionally nodding and smiling contentedly as Judge Dunstan Mlambo demolished Zuma's every ground for the "ill-advised" review.
This latest encounter with the courts came as a result of the president's legal challenge over the right of the public protector to call for a judicial inquiry and the appointment by the chief justice of a judge to head it. Zuma argued it was the president's prerogative whether such an inquiry should be set up.
"We have delayed this matter for long enough".
Zuma was also found by the court to be personally liable for the cost of his legal challenge, as well as his aborted application to halt the report from being released.
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The report focused on allegations that Zuma's friends, the businessmen and brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, had influenced the appointment of ministers. "... The public protector's report has uncovered worrying levels of malfeasance and corruption in the form of utter disregard of good corporate governance principles, some bordering on fraud, in government departments and state-owned enterprises. In our view this is a case where a personal order of cost is justified and should be granted‚" he said.
"The allegations. detailed in the report are extremely serious", Mlambo said. "The conduct of the President requires a much sterner rebuke‚" he said.
It has also ordered that the commission must wrap up in 180 days.
The report, which was compiled by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, compelled Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate state capture - to be headed by a judge chosen by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
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Zuma has not commented on whether he will appeal the ruling on the state capture matter.
Mlambo said the president had a clear interest in the outcome of the commission and should recuse himself. "It has been ongoing for months on end and now the people of South Africa need to know the truth", Maimane said. "Zuma failed on that account and his party protected him on that regard".
Mr Zuma quits as ANC leader next week. "That was confirmed by the Constitutional Court in the Nkandla matter‚" he charged.
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