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Zuma approaches SCA to remove Downer from corruption case

Former President Jacob Zuma has approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in another bid to remove state attorney Billy Downer from his corruption case.

Jacob Zuma Foundation said Wednesday night that Zuma would petition the rejection of his plea to remove Downer and the court’s refusal of his request to introduce new evidence.

This came after the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court last month rejected its request for leave to appeal the decision over prosecutor Billy Downer’s attorney.

He 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The former president wanted Downer withdrawn from the arms trafficking corruption trial because he lacked the independence and impartiality to prosecute the trial.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 the special plea from Zuma and his legal team 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 trial will continue on the date set by the parties,” Koen said at the time.

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Koen presented Zuma’s eight arguments 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.

Additional reporting by Getrude Makhafola

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