Former President Jacob Zuma is on Thursday expected to lay a criminal charge against the lead prosecutor in his criminal trial, Advocate Billy Downer.
As indicated in court on 22/09/21, H.E Prez Zuma will be laying criminal charges against Adv Billy Downer SC for his admitted conduct which is in breach of sections 41(6) read with 41(7) of the NPA Act.
The media is invited to a briefing outside SAPS in PMB on 21/10/21 at 13h00. pic.twitter.com/cn5FSw7KIf
— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) October 20, 2021
Zuma and French arms company Thales are facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering in connection with the 1999 multi-billion-rand arms deal.
The latest news of a formal charge against Downer comes ahead of what is expected to be a judgment on the former President’s special plea calling for Downer’s recusal.
The charge is said to be linked to Zuma’s claim that advocate Downer leaked information about his current state of health to the media.
Zuma’s legal team alleged that a media house then made enquiries based on the contents of the medical report.
Besides Downer’s removal, Zuma also asked the court to be acquitted.
In May, Associate Professor of Law at North West University, Tumi Mmusinyane, said there is no merit to Zuma’s application for Downer’s recusal.
In the video below, Mmusinyane said the case is likely to fall: