Former president Jacob Zuma‘s family has accused the judiciary of conducting a witch-hunt against him.
Zuma’s son Edward has been responding to the NPA’s announcement that it intends charging his father. He warns of what he calls “dire consequences” for the ANC in the 2019 general election.
Edward Zuma says his father is being targeted by the courts. He says he’s certain that there’s already a predetermined judgement against him.
“The court process should be respected and it should be followed. However, the behaviour of our judicial system leaves much to be desired taking from the previous decisions they have taken on any matter that the former president had name in it. It is clear there is so much hatred for the man within the system. One can only conclude that obviously the decision at the end will obviously be against the former president. I will basically say there is already a judgement. They are just waiting for the formality to unfold,” he explained.
In 2005, former president Zuma received strong backing during his corruption case at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Scores of ANC members, including political heavy weights stood by his side.
Now his son says he’s lobbying hard within the ANC for support for the former president.
Edward says if his father is indeed charged the move will hit the party and other individuals hard.
Edward says already the number of high profile individuals, showing support, has increased. He says, however, the Zuma family will respect any decision taken by the courts.
Last week, the National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams announced a decision to reinstate charges against Zuma.
The charges emanate from Zuma’s former Financial Advisor Shabir Shaik’s corruption conviction, in relation to the arms deal.
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says the application lodged by the South African Natives Forum asking the Western Cape High Court for a permanent stay of prosecution in the Zuma matter, has no prospect of succeeding.
It is not clear when the matter is set for hearing again after it was heard on the 9th of March.
Casac’s Executive Director Lawson Naidoo says the litigation by the forum is just an old repetition of the claims that were made by those who want Zuma not to have his day in court since 2007.
“It is the re-hashing of the issues that have gone to the courts in the spy-tape over many years over many times. And we have a very strong judgment from the Supreme Court, that these decisions that have been held before hold no water. Now, Shaun Abrahams has decided to reinstate the charges of which he should have done a very long time (ago).”
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