Former President Jacob Zuma's legal team has submitted court documents seeking permission to appeal the decision of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to deny his special application to have State attorney Billy Downer recused. On Friday afternoon, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) acknowledged the new development.
"The NPA confirms that Mr. Zuma has filed an application for leave to appeal the judgment on 10 November 2021, we will oppose the motion at a date to be fixed with the court," said NPA spokesman lawyer Mthunzi Mhaga. The High Court concluded on October 26 that Zuma had failed to establish that Downer lacked the "title" to prosecute him. Downer, according to Zuma, lacked the independence and impartiality needed to conduct the case legally. The court dismissed the case and ordered that Zuma's corruption trial begin in April of next year.
The former president is accused of receiving 783 payments from his former financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, as well as an R500,000-a-year bribe from the French armaments manufacturer Thales, which the State claims Shaik orchestrated for him. According to news reporters, Zuma pled not guilty to the allegations against him in May, including corruption, fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. In his decision, Koen stated that many of Zuma's charges against Downer were based on conjecture, suspicion, or inadmissible hearsay rather than facts.
Downer, according to the former president, turned his criminal case into a "personal legacy project of his own."According to News24, Zuma pled not guilty in May to the charges leveled against him, which included corruption, fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. Many of Zuma's claims against Downer, according to Koen, were based on supposition, suspicion, or inadmissible hearsay rather than facts. According to the former president, Downer used his criminal case to create a personal legacy project of his own. Zuma's trial is expected to start on 11 April 2022.
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