Two of South Africa's opposition parties, the UDM and Cope have expressed concerns that President Jacob Zuma will not have enough money to pay for his state capture court appeal.
In a security for costs application filed today, the two parties are demanding that Zuma pay R1m upfront before the appeal can be heard.
The opposition's paper states: "The applicant (Zuma) is also facing a real prospect of impeachment and/or removal from office and/or criminal prosecution within the next few weeks or months – each of which may have prospects of severely and adversely affecting his ability to pay his costs liabilities in the likely event of the application for leave to appeal and/or appeal itself being unsuccessful".
If Zuma fails to pay up, the UDM and Cope warned they will go to court to stop his appeal. Other respondents in the case include the EFF, DA, Public Protector and Vytjie Mentor.
Earlier, on December 13, a full Bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria was in unanimous agreement regarding Zuma's application to have former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela's, recommendations on alleged state capture reviewed, stating, "it was ill-advised and reckless".
News24 said: "Zuma lost his application for the review and setting aside of the recommended remedial actions contained in Madonsela's State of Capture report, which also called for Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to choose the judge to head the commission of inquiry into state capture.
"He has since appealed the costs order as well as the order regarding the duties of the president to appoint a commission of inquiry. The parties argue that Zuma’s appeal is further 'abuse of the process of the court'".
Zuma said in a statement: "I have only appealed the orders to the extent that they set a particular precedent for the Office of the President of the Republic and are indeed deserving of legal certainty.
"The allegations that the state has been wrestled out of the hands of its real owners, the people of South Africa, [are] of paramount importance and are therefore deserving of finality and certainty.
"Accordingly, I have decided that, while the issues determined by the order require final determination by higher courts, this matter cannot wait any longer."
Opposition parties responded, saying: "The application for leave to appeal is an extension of the reckless conduct identified in the judgement."
It's claimed by both Cope and the UDM that Zuma already owes them R5m for the previous court challenge he lost.
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