President Jacob Zuma was ordered by the high court on Wednesday to set up a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture headed by a judge selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. For the second time in less than a week, the High Court in Pretoria found that Zuma could not effectively exercise his powers as head of state due to personal conflict of interest. It said the president was so conflicted that he was unable to fulfil his constitutional duties. The court delivered its ruling on Zuma’s applicationfor a review of former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report State of Capture, which she finalised shortly after leaving office in 2016. The court said Madonsela’s remedial action for the judicial commission of inquiry was binding. While Zuma has not yet indicated whether he will appeal, the ANC welcomed the ruling, saying it was in line with a decision taken by the national executive committee that an inquiry be established to investigate  the state-capture allegations wi...

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