Former President Jacob Zuma has petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal directly, appealing his earlier applications that were dismissed by Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Piet Koen.
Last month, Judge Koen dismissed the former president’s application for leave to appeal his earlier rulings. This after Koen dismissed Zuma’s application for the recusal of lead advocate in his corruption trial Billy Downer.
The court also dismissed Zuma’s application to lead new evidence. Spokesperson for the Jacob Zuma Foundation Mzwanele Manyi explains.
“The foundation can confirm that the petition against the decision of Judge Koen dismissing a special plea for the removal of Billy Downer as well as an application for leave to appeal and also an application to lead new evidence all of these matters were lodged with the SCA. The foundation is of the firm view that both rulings of Judge Koen were erroneous and riddled with irregularities and glaring misdirection of law and facts.”
The trial date for Zuma’s corruption trial was set for the 11th April.
Zuma Trial | Judge Piet Koen has dismissed Jacob Zuma’s special plea leave to appeal application