The Jacob Zuma Foundation has confirmed that the former President will be present at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday for the resumption of his corruption trial.
It follows the recent dismissal by the Supreme Court of Appeal of Zuma’s leave to appeal his corruption prosecution, including his attempt to remove State Advocate, Billy Downer, from the trial.
Zuma and French arms company, Thales, face charges including corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering linked to a multi-billion rand arms deal.
The Foundation’s Spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi says, “The foundation confirms that Zuma, contrary to speculations, will be at the PMB Court tomorrow, the 11th of April, he is going to be there. Zuma, through his legal team, will be responding to the supplementary affidavit served by the NPA where they seek to introduce new evidence on the events of the last few days.”
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
Manyi says former president Jacob Zuma has also instructed his legal team to institute private prosecution proceedings against Advocate Downer.
“In his response, Zuma will remind the court that he has long anticipated that the NPA will refuse to prosecute one of their own, even after his recent retirement. He, therefore, informed the court in his previous affidavits that he instructed his legal team to institute private prosecution proceedings against Downer with immediate effect. The instruction will be put into operation in the next few days.”
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