Former President Jacob Zuma has been in and out of court, saying that prosecutor Billy Downer is prejudiced and will not give him a fair trial in his notorious Arms Deal corruption prosecution.
Zuma's request to stop Downer from prosecuting him was denied by the Pietermaritzburg High Court, which was a setback for the former Head of State. Rather than give up and let the trial proceed, Zuma asked the Appeals Court to review his plea.
Zuma's lawyers also claimed that Downer lacked the authority to prosecute and that the National Prosecuting Authority should issue a certificate of non-prosecution.
Despite worries that President Mandisa Maya of the Supreme Court of Appeal was purposefully delaying Zuma's appeals, she has finally issued a judgement, dismissing Zuma's bid for reconsideration of the High Court's verdict.
Mandisa Maya, President of the Supreme Court of Appeals
According to Zuma's supporters, the judicial system continues to be unjust to him, as evidenced by the fact that his plea to the Supreme Court took more than a month to reach Maya but just three days to be dismissed. The anti-Zuma camp, on the other hand, claims that, aside from delays, Zuma will have no advantage in replacing Downer, and that Maya made the right decision.
Others are concerned that Zuma's trial will never see the light of day, that the courts will eventually dismiss it since the matter has been dormant for far too long.
Maya had been praised by the Zuma camp, but now that she is not standing with them, she and the entire judiciary are being assaulted.
In any case, Zuma continues to be treated as a second-class citizen. If it had been anyone else, they would have already been arrested and sentenced to prison.
Zuma simply needs a Presidential pardon and all accusations against him to be dropped, saving taxpayers' money from going down the drain on legal fees.
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