The high court in Pretoria has dismissed former President Jacob Zuma's bid to appeal a costs order made against him in his personal capacity when he took to the court to review the public protector's State of Capture report. The court ruled on Friday that it was not in the “interests of justice” to grant Zuma's condonation application, which was necessary for an actual leave to appeal application. A full bench heard the application in September, where he argued to appeal against the costs order made in December 2017, which ordered him to pay what could be about R10m in legal fees in his personal capacity. In December, judge president Dunstan Mlambo described Zuma's review application of the report last year as “ill-advised” and “reckless”. Zuma had taken former public protector Thuli Madonsela's report on review, and was slapped with two punitive costs orders relating to the report. The first one was for a botched attempt to interdict the release of the report, while the second was ...

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