A high court has thwarted former president Jacob Zuma’s attempt to privately prosecute a reporter and state prosecutor who had disclosed his medical condition, ruling that a previous order that barred him from doing so would stand even if he appealed against it.

Zuma has sought to prosecute journalist Karyn Maughan and senior counsel Billy Downer on charges of breaching his privacy by disclosing medical records. But the Pietermaritzburg high court interdicted Zuma in June from pursuing the private prosecution, saying it is an abuse of process and has a hidden agenda...

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