So deep was the full bench's disgust with Zuma that it took the unusual step of ordering him to pay his own costs for the interdict application - the first time a South African president has been sanctioned in this way.
This, after the Pretoria High Court dismissed his state capture review application with costs.
Just days before, the same court ruled that Zuma's appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges was not valid and should be immediately set aside.
This latest encounter with the courts came as a result of the president's legal challenge over the right of the public protector to call for a judicial inquiry and the appointment by the chief justice of a judge to head it. Zuma argued it was the president's prerogative whether such an inquiry should be set up.
The SACP calls on the President to uphold the Constitution and follow remedial process into the "State of Capture" report.
The conference starts on Saturday, and the front-runners include Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former government minister and Mr. Zuma's ex-wife; and Cyril Ramaphosa, a former mineworkers' union leader who ranks among the wealthiest people in the country.
Zuma had launched the application on the eve of the release of the report previous year on grounds that he wasn't given an opportunity to respond to the allegations against him. "Find out [if] it is true", Madonsela told reporters shortly after the High Court ruling.
"If someone says your house is burning, honestly, you've got to sort that out". This means that by Friday 12 January 2018 Zuma must establish a commission of inquiry.
Africa's most industrialised economy has grown lethargically over the last six years and the jobless rate stands near record levels.
Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane, who was at the court, welcomed the ruling. The court also applauded Madonsela's decision to hand over the responsibility of choosing a judge to the chief justice.
Madonsela recommended, because her office did not have the capacity and her term of office was ending, that Zuma appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the matter further. It has also ordered that the commission must wrap up in 180 days.
"The president shall submit a copy (of the eventual report), with an indication of his intention regarding the implementation to Parliament, within 14 days of releasing the report".
In a statement, the ANC - some of whose lawmakers are critical of Zuma - said a judicial inquiry was crucial in verifying the allegations in the watchdog's report.