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"I'm A Prisoner" Smiling Zuma Says As He Leaves Police Station

Former president Jacob Zuma who was smiling while leaving the Pietermaritzburg Police Station refused to take questions from members of the media and says he is still a prisoner due to the conditions of his medical parole.

Zuma says he only came to lay criminal charges against state prosecutor advocate Billy Downer and quickly return to his Nkandla homestead.

"I can't be here for long, I am a prisoner," said a smiling Zuma as he made his way to the car with his body guards.


The former head of state left his spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi to read out a statement which was prepared.

Mzwanele Manyi reacting to why former president Jacob Zuma had to lay criminal charges against Billy Downer, says he leaked information to people who had nothing to do with the prosecution of his arms deal corruption trial.

"There is evidence that in the course of the investigation against Zuma, information was leaked to people who had nothing to do with prosecution matters.

The conduct Zuma wants investigated are breaches in NPA protocol and others related, including, criminal interference by foreign spies and domestic prosecutors," he said.

Zuma's right hand man further stated that the former head of state is really a nice person, but Billy Downer just got to his nerves and it's time he want him to face the law for those irregularities.

"This is not a preemptive strike. We are reporting an irregularity. Zuma is a really nice person, he generally minds his own business unless unless he's pressed," said Manyi.

Mzwanele Manyi also rubbishes claims that the laying of criminal charges is another delaying tactic in Jacob Zuma's arms deal corruption trial.

"He is exercising his right. There is a total of 3 charges stemming from a violation of section 41(6) and 41(7) in the NPA Act," he said.


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