Former South African President Jacob Zuma's legal team has submitted court papers asking permission to appeal the KwaZulu-Natal High Court's decision to refuse his special motion to have State Attorney Billy Downer recused. On Friday afternoon, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) acknowledged the new information.
"The NPA notes 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 determined by the court," NPA spokesman lawyer Mthunzi Mhaga stated. The High Court found on October 26 that Zuma had failed to demonstrate that Downer lacked the "title" to prosecute him. Downer lacked the independence and impartiality necessary to conduct the matter legally, according to Zuma. The lawsuit was rejected, and Zuma's corruption trial was set to 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 weapons manufacturer Thales, which the State says Shaik arranged for him. According to news sources, Zuma pled not guilty in May to charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. Koen determined in his ruling 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, exploited his criminal case to construct his own "personal legacy project." According to the report, Zuma pled not guilty to the charges leveled against him in May, 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 build his own personal legacy project. Zuma's trial is set to start on April 11, 2022. Please share your thoughts on Zuma's application in the comments area below, and don't forget to like, share, and follow for future updates.
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