Zuma prosecution long overdue: Casac

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The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma is long over-due.

National Prosecuting Authority boss Shaun Abrahams announce on Friday afternoon that  Zuma is to be prosecuted on 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering relating to the multi-billion rand arms deal in the late 1990s.

The charges include one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud.

Casac’s Lawson Naidoo says the legitimacy of this announcement is questionable, because in their view, Abrahams is compromised.

Naidoo says it is about time that those who cause delays in prosecuting law-breakers be charged themselves.

“It’s unfortunate that Shaun had to take this decision while compromised in the fact that he had colluded with Jacob Zuma for a number of years. Instead to delay his day in court…but has finally now recognised that the trial court is the best place to determine whether the charges stick or not.”

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