Former President Jacob Zuma is on Thursday expected to lay a criminal charge against the lead prosecutor in his criminal trial, Advocate Billy Downer.

 In a tweet, the Jacob Zuma Foundation says the charge is expected to be laid at the Pietermaritzburg police station in KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma and French arms company Thales are facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering in connection with the 1999 multi-billion-rand arms deal.

The latest news of a formal charge against Downer comes ahead of what is expected to be a judgment on the former President’s special plea calling for Downer’s recusal.

The charge is said to be linked to Zuma’s claim that advocate Downer leaked information about his current state of health to the media.

Zuma’s legal team alleged that a media house then made enquiries based on the contents of the medical report.

Besides Downer’s removal, Zuma also asked the court to be acquitted.

No merit

In May, Associate Professor of Law at North West University, Tumi Mmusinyane, said there is no merit to Zuma’s application for Downer’s recusal.

In the video below, Mmusinyane said the case is likely to fall: