Parties opposing the African National Congress (ANC) said the president and leader of the ruling party, Jacob Zuma lied under an oath.
The leading opposition party, the Democratic Alliance stated this in court papers, during a court battle over the controversial state capture report conducted by former public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
In the paper meant to be an answering affidavit to the North Gauteng High Court, the DA said it opposed two applications brought by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday, 29 October 2016 regarding the interdict of the Public Protector’s Final Report into State Capture.
The Party stated it’s affidavit that in Zuma’s first application he sought to amend the relief he seeks and supplement his founding affidavit. While in the second, he sought to postpone the hearing of the matter on Tuesday, 1 November 2016.
Zuma had after Former advocate Thuli finalised and signed her report before she left office, issued an urgent high court application to prevent the release of the report.
In his latest court papers, Zuma argued that its finalisation, without affording him an opportunity to respond to allegations against him, was unfair and a breach of his rights.
The president at the weekend, asked for permission to amend the order he originally sought from the court and to postpone the hearing.
However, as a move to counter Zuma’s application to amend and postpone the public release of the report, the DA argued that lied under Oath and that the applications best described as bad faith, technical manoeuvres that seek merely to delay the hearing of this matter, and thereby delay the release of the Public Protector’s final report into serious allegations of unethical and unconstitutional conduct by the President.
The DA, alongside Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the United Democratic Movement and the Congress of the People, rejected Zuma’s applications to amend and postpone, saying they were an abuse of process.
DA’s legal representative, attorney Elzanne Jonker, out-rightly rejected the application saying Zuma lied, and is willing to continue lying to achieve his ends.
“The president’s willingness to use state resources to abuse this court’s process to advance his own ends clearly knows no bounds,” she said.
“He is willing to lie under oath to achieve his ends. And he expects the taxpayers to pick up the tab,” said the affidavit.
Zuma is yet to comply with the Court’s direction that he answer the intervention application by Ms Vytjie Mentor. He said in a previous affidavit that if the state capture report was a final one, it should be released to the public. On Saturday, he said this earlier statement was an error and should be read “not be released”.
But in the founding affidavits, Opposition parties argued that Zuma lied to the North Gauteng High Court and that his affidavit did not fit with other things he had argued and with his overall case. Nor did he correct the typo when he first had the opportunity to do so
EFF president Julius Malema — on behalf of the other opposition parties in the case — pressed further to say this was evidence of Zuma’s “determination to mislead the court under oath and to perjure himself”.
Instead of seeking an interdict to prevent the release of the report, the president now wanted the court to declare that the finalisation of the state-capture report — without the president’s input — was unlawful.
“This is a blatant lie” opposition parties say,insisting that Zuma lied, The parties added that the affidavit has been manufactured in an attempt to justify Zuma’ s attempt to abuse the court’s process by amending his relief.