2017 was the year of court battles for Jacob Zuma and 2018 looks set to be much the same

2017 was the year of court battles for Jacob Zuma and 2018 looks set to be much the same

- The judiciary has spent much time over the past year listening to arguments and making judgments regarding Jacob Zuma

- Friday’s Constitutional Court ruling paves the way for even more court dates next year

- The president plans to appeal both of December’s North Gauteng High Court rulings against him in the NDPP and state capture matters.

President Jabcob Zuma has probably spent more time thinking about and dealing with issues to do with his various court battles this year than much else.

Legally it has been a trying year for him, with rulings against him coming from all sides including orders that he pay all legal costs.

In December alone there were three high profile rulings against the president.

Briefly.co.za reported on Friday that the Constitutional Court ruled that the National Assembly had failed to hold him to account on the Nkadla matter. The court ordered parliament to formulate the necessary rules to impeach a head of state should they be deemed unfit for office.

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Earlier in December two other matters, the NDPP and the matter of the state capture report saw the North Gauteng High Court rule against him. President Zuma is appealing both rulings.

The court has also ruled that Zuma had faced a conflict of interests when he appointed Shaun Abrahams as head of the NPA due to fears of the outstanding corruption charges against him being reinstated. The court struck down Abrahams appointment and ordered that Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint Abrahams' replacement.

The ruling party which has a newly elected NEC evenly balanced by friends and foes of the president has said it would be discussing the judgment at its NEC meeting on 10 January and will then respond to Friday’s ruling.

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This means the clock is ticking and in less than two weeks, South Africans will have answers to the increasingly asked question, “What is the ANC is going to do about President Zuma?

Whether 2018 will be the year when all President Zuma’s chickens come home to roost, or yet another tedious 12 months of court battles remains to be seen.

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Source: Politics.briefly.co.za

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