Friday morning's breaking news that the North Gauteng High Court ordered that president Jacob Zuma may have no say in the appointment of a new National Director of Public Prosecutions. This, because he faces the prospect of criminal prosecution himself, and is conflicted - and the new NPA boss would be appointed by Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, undoubtedly caused jaws to drop, says CapeTalk's John Maytham.
A full bench presided over by Judge President Dunstan Mlambo in Pretoria has set aside the termination of former prosecution's boss Mxolisi Nxasana's contract, as well as the appointment of current head Shaun Abrahams.
Now the Presidency is asking for leave to appeal the judgment.
EWN reporter Barry Bateman says certain aspects of the judgment did take those in attendance by surprise.
The court was scathing of Shaun Abrahams.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Bateman says the judgment talks about Zuma's tumultuous litigation history and of how he 'defends the indefensible'.
Here is somebody who is the president of the country, being made out to have abused the court process in order to reap the benefits for his own good. Certainly, that could be used elsewhere against the President.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
This article first appeared on 702 : High Court: Zuma abused court process in order to reap benefits for his own good