Ramaphosa labels private prosecution proceedings against him as ‘abuse of legal processes’

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has rejected what he terms as the abuse of legal processes and labelled the private prosecution bid by former President Jacob Zuma as substandard.

The former President on Thursday instituted a private prosecution bid in the Johannesburg High Court.

He has accused Ramaphosa of being an accessory after the fact in the alleged crimes committed by Advocate Billy Downer in breaching the provisions of the National Prosecuting Authority Act.

Downer is the prosecutor in Zuma’s Arms Deal corruption case in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

The President’s Spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, says there has not been a nolle prosequi certificate issued by the NPA.

“President Ramaphosa rejects with utmost contempt Mr Zuma’s abuse of legal processes and perversion of the private prosecution provision. Mr Zuma has not provided a certificate of non-prosecution with charges in the name of President Ramaphosa. A summons served to the President is hopelessly substandard and demonstrates absolute disregard for the law. President Ramaphosa does not interfere in the work of the NPA nor does he have the power to do so. The president responded to Mr Zuma and took appropriate and legally permissible action.”

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