Former president Jacob Zuma is set to expose other individuals and organisations who also benefited in arms deal as his corruption trial commences.
Zuma didn't show up at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, but is available virtually to provide evidence on who are also the beneficiaries of the arms deal which took place twenty years ago.
"President Zuma has got a lot to say in terms of exposing the people that really benefited in the arms deal. So he really want that to get sorted, but also the other issue that he wants done today is to argue against Billy Downer being the lead prosecutor because advocate Mpofu is busy making the case.
Downer doesn't have the title to prosecute because of his conduct, his conduct is below par, his conduct is not what the constitution envisages and Mpofu is going to make the case clear today that the man should be removed from this case," he said.
Zuma is facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering, relating to the controversial 1999 multi-billion arms deal contract.
Advocate Dali Mpofu in his argument says according to the definition of title to prosecute, the NPA and the prosecutor Billy Downer lacks the title to put Zuma on trial for corruption.
"There is a difference between the functions of a prosecutor as opposed to that of a magistrate or a judge. The standard of bias is not the same.
But what we say is that the role of the prosecutor as it is has its own attributes and if those attributes are missing the title to prosecute cannot survive," he said.
Mpofu further outlined qualities required for the prosecutor which includes the ability to carry out their functions impartially and avoid all political discriminations and argued that Billy Downer falls short of those qualities.
"Fairly, consistently and expeditiously and to respect and protect human dignity and uphold the human right to ensure due process and smooth process," he outlined as the qualities required for a prosecutor
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