National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga has labeled the bid to launch a private prosecution against state prosecutor, Advocate Billy Downer as intimidation and delaying tactics by lawyers representing former President Jacob Zuma.
The Jacob Zuma Foundation has announced that its patron will pursue a private prosecution against the lead prosecutor in the arms deal case.
H.E President Zuma, has decided that Private Prosecution is the ONLY way to deal with the removal of the NPA’s Adv Downer and has instructed his legal team to set the wheels in motion.
Also, the reconsideration application has been filed with the President of the SCA pic.twitter.com/7pOmb9417F
— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) April 10, 2022
The former President has failed at numerous attempts to have Downer recuse himself in the matter. Zuma faces multiple charges of fraud and corruption alongside French arms dealer, Thales over the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal struck in the 1990s.
Mhaga says the charges will not be sustained.
“We regard as an intimidating and delaying tactic on the part of Mr Zuma’s lawyers because they know very well that those charges can never be sustained, hence the Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal has declined to prosecute and the NDPP has refused to accede to their demand of the removal of Mr Downer,” says Mhaga.
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