ANALYSIS: Judges lash Zuma’s ‘vexatious’ get-out-of-jail bid

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ANALYSIS: Judges lash Zuma’s ‘vexatious’ get-out-of-jail bid

Language in application for leave to appeal after his bid to stay his corruption prosecution failed, leaves a bad taste

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Former president Jacob Zuma has come under fire over his lawyers’ scathing assessment of the high court that dismissed his legal bid to permanently stay his corruption prosecution – in a judgment that marks a potential escalation in tensions between the former head of state and the judiciary.

The three Pietermaritzburg High Court judges who ruled against Zuma in that application on Friday expressed deep concern about the language used in his application for leave to appeal their decision, which they found did “not belong in a proper court process” and could bring the justice system into disrepute.

During his argument for leave to appeal the unanimous ruling by judges Jerome Mnguni, Esther Steyn and Poyo Dlwati, Zuma’s advocate, Muzi Sikhakhane, apologised for what he considered an attack on the court contained his client’s court papers...

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