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NPA describes Zuma latest bid to halt corruption case as hopeless
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Former Leaders South Africa

Posted Apr 13, 2020
Article Type: Former Leaders
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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says former president Jacob Zuma's latest application to the Constitutional Court to halt his corruption trial is hopeless. 

Zuma and French arms company Thales are charged with one count of racketeering, 12 of fraud, four of corruption and one of money laundering.
His latest bid comes after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed his application to have the case stayed in March. 

Business Day reported the SCA dismissed his application without hearing an argument from Zuma's legal team about why the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg erred in November last year when it refused his application for a permanent stay of prosecution.

The publication said the lead prosecutor in the case, Billy Downer, stated in papers filed earlier this week it was in the public interest and in the interest of justice for Zuma to stand trial.

Downer wrote the State was ready to proceed. 

Business Day earlier reported Zuma argued three high court judges had failed to address the "constitutional violations" he had suffered at the hands of the NPA. 

He argued the NPA's conduct was "so egregious" in its deviation from the provisions of the Constitution as well as prosecutorial laws and policies that "it should be disqualified from performing my prosecution".

Zuma added the country's highest court should hear his appeal because of the "constitutional violations" committed by the NPA in the 15-year-old case against him.

Business Day reported in his response, Downer said Zuma had done nothing to prove there was political interference in the case which he alleged made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial. 

He stated while Zuma outlined that his multiple court challenges to his prosecution were motivated by genuine legal concerns, he was not convinced. 
Downer said the latest attempt was "a continuation of Mr Zuma's unashamed Stalingrad litigation strategy".

"Its real purpose and effect is to cause yet another delay in the commencement of his long-awaited trial. Preliminary litigation aimed at the delay of criminal proceedings should not be entertained," he added. 

In February, the High Court issued a warrant for Zuma's arrest after he failed to appear in court, citing health reasons as well as providing a sick note, News24 reported.

The warrant was stayed until 6 May when Zuma is expected to appear in court again.

(Excluding for the Headline, this article ("story") has not been edited by MiBiz News and is published from a web feed or sourced from the Internet.)


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