Zuma continues private prosecution bid against Ramaphosa

Jacob Zuma
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Former President Jacob Zuma is set to appear in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday for his private prosecution bid against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This comes after the matter was postponed in December 2023.

Zuma accuses his successor of being an “accessory after the fact” for allegedly failing to act against Prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer (SC) and journalist Karyn Maughan. He alleges that they disclosed his medical details in violation of the National Prosecuting Authority Act (NPAA).

In his appearance today, the former president will seek to keep his private prosecution case on the roll as part of his ongoing legal efforts to prosecute Ramaphosa privately.

In 2023, Ramaphosa successfully applied to the court to review and set aside Zuma’s private prosecution bid. Zuma then sought to appeal this decision before the full bench of the High Court but lost.

Undeterred, Zuma petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal, but the appellant court dismissed his appeal. He has since requested the Appeals Court to reconsider its decision.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation stated that its patron will provide an update on the progress of his legal efforts when he appears before the High Court as a private prosecutor.

Judgment reserved in Zuma’s bid to appeal private prosecution against Ramaphosa