The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the verdict regarding former President Jacob Zuma, handed down on Wednesday.
Judge of the Supreme Court of KwaZulu-Natal, Piet Koen Zuma’s application rejected to have Attorney General Billy Downer barred from the arms trade trial.
“The NPA takes particular note of the injunction stipulating that the criminal trial will take place during the second and third terms of the 2022 court calendar of the KZN Supreme Court, where it is enshrined, as previously agreed by all parties, commencing at 10:00 a.m. on April 11, 2022,” said NPA Spokesperson lawyer Mthunzi Mhaga.
“The NPA will be fully prepared to move forward on April 11, 2022 and will make every effort to ensure that the process continues despite all further steps in place to delay the process by filing further appeals. said Mhaga. †
Judge Koen said Zuma’s application had no chance of success.
The former president wanted Downer withdrawn from the arms trafficking corruption trial because he lacked the independence and impartiality to prosecute the trial.
Last year, Koen rejected Zuma and his legal team’s special plea to remove Downer from the trial. This prompted the former president’s legal team, led by lawyer Dali Mpofu, to appeal.
“The appeal request and all related requests within the meaning of the Criminal Procedure Act are all rejected. The criminal proceedings will continue on the date set by the parties,” said Koen.
Koen presented Zuma’s eight points of argument separately, rejected them and motivated why. One of the arguments put forward by Mpofu concerns irregularities by the State and Koen.
Koen dismissed the accusation as “frivolity”.
Zuma, along with French arms dealer Thales, faces multiple charges of fraud and corruption over the controversial multi-billion Rand arms deal that was reversed while he was in KwaZulu-Natal MEC for economic development in the 1990s.
Zuma and a Thales representative pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The former president completed two terms of the presidency with arms trafficking allegations over his head.
Zuma was not in court on Wednesday.
compiled by Narissa Subramoney
Additional reporting by Getrude Makhafola