Zuma unlikely to ever have his day in court: report
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and lawyers for President Jacob Zuma are reportedly considering a plan to ensure that it will be many years before the countryâs leader gets to have his day in court.
According to the City Press, the plan emerged earlier this week after Zumaâs advocate, Kemp J Kemp, conceded that the decision by former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the 783 corruption, money-laundering and racketeering charges against Zuma was âirrationalâ and should be set aside.
Kemp said that Zuma wanted an opportunity to make fresh representations if the NPA decided to charge him again â" leaving the matter in the hands of National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams.
According to the City Press, Abrahams has already informally spoken to top public prosecutors to ensure that Zuma never sees h is day in court.
In terms of the plan, the NPA would first study the judgment, after which Zuma will be allowed to make his representations, which the prosecutions authority will entertain.
During this process, the NPA is also expecting legal challenges from the DA, which will be appealed to the highest courts if necessary.
Thereafter, the sources said, Zuma would apply for a permanent stay of prosecution, which Abrahams would be expected to grant.
âThis is going to be a lengthy and protracted legal battle. They anticipate the DA and civil society to press on with their fight,â sources were quoted saying.
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