Madonsela warns Zuma not to appeal court ruling

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former public protector Thuli Madonsela moments after the judgment was handed down.

former public protector Thuli Madonsela moments after the judgment was handed down.

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former public protector Thuli Madonsela moments after the judgment was handed down.

former public protector Thuli Madonsela moments after the judgment was handed down.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has advised President Jacob Zuma against appealing the North Gauteng High Court ruling.

"He has a right to appeal this matter if he thinks the decision is not lawful and that his rights have been violated. But in so doing he should think what it means for this country to be sitting with these allegations of state capture, a dysfunctional cabinet, a dysfunctional government and a dysfunctional ANC," said Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector.

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"But more than anything, any day we lose we are losing evidence. By the time we investigate a lot of evidence, if not all of it, will be lost," she said.

Madonsela called also on government officials to respect the court ruling.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo ruled on Wednesday that Zuma must personally pay the costs for his failed bid to block the State of Capture report.