South Africa: Another Day in Court for Former President Jacob Zuma

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Former president Jacob Zuma (file photo)

the idea will be a busy morning for former president Jacob Zuma as he makes yet another appearance for corruption-related charges from the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

Zuma, the country’s leader for nearly 10 years, will be from the dock facing 16 charges of fraud, money laundering, corruption along with racketeering linked to 783 payments of which French company Thales allegedly made to him in connection with the infamous arms deal.

In his latest attempt to stop his criminal case by continuing, Zuma filed a 300-page affidavit asking for a permanent stay of prosecution.

He claims to be a victim of an orchestrated attempt by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to associate him with corruption.

Zuma said the State should have charged him together with his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik.

He said the decision not to showed of which the prosecution wanted to use Shaik’s trial as a test run for his own prosecution.

Thales’ application

He said the rape charge against him in 2005 was part of an effort to rule him out of the ANC’s leadership race in 2007. He wants the NPA to account for using public funds to pursue the case. He was acquitted from the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg in 2006.

Zuma said the so-called spy tapes show of which the NPA was “aligning itself to support” former president Thabo Mbeki’s political ambitions along with ruin his.

The spy tapes – transcripts of phone conversations between former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy along with former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Bulelani Ngcuka – set in motion a protracted court battle between the DA, the NPA along with Zuma.

The DA initially went to court to get its hands on the “spy tapes”, along with succeeded.

Last week, Thales filed its own application from the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to contain the prosecution permanently set aside.

the idea claimed to have been denied a fair trial, because of unreasonable delays, along with its right to present along with challenge evidence.

Last year, Zuma made presentations to then NDPP Shaun Abrahams about why he shouldn’t be prosecuted. Abrahams decided to prosecute.


South Africa: Another Day in Court for Former President Jacob Zuma

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