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Cape Town - The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Saturday condemned President Jacob Zuma's appeal of a high court ruling which set aside his challenge of former public protector Thuli Madonsela's directive that the chief justice appoints a commission of inquiry into state capture.

"All Alliance partners, inclusive of the ANC [African National Congress], and therefore without exception, and a wide range of other deeply concerned South Africans welcomed the judgment and called on President Zuma to comply," the SACP said in a statement.

"The appeal will prove to be a waste of taxpayers' money and a further delaying tactic particularly should it be dismissed. "

The SACP said its call of a judicial commission of inquiry was based on "fundamental principle".

"South Africa needs to root out corruption in all its manifestation if it is to become a prosperous society underpinned by a fully developed democracy without the exploitation of public resources, national wealth and one person by another."

The party added that Zuma could not act as judge and jury in a matter where is implicated.

African News Agency/ANA