Zuma has a case to answer to with the spy tapes - legal expert

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma's lawyers are considering a plan to ensure that they prolong the day the country’s first citizen gets to have his day in court.

The plan emerged after Zuma’s advocate, Kemp J Kemp, made a dramatic concession at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday. Kemp conceded that the decision by former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the 783 corruption, money-laundering and racketeering charges against Zuma was “irrational” and should be set aside.

James Grant Associate Wits associate professor of law, says a lot of people look at the Schabir Shaik conviction and assume Zuma must also be guilty. It doesn't follow in logic, unfortunately, adds Grant.

It doesn't follow because of one the outstanding requirements which was never proved against Zuma which would have to be proved, and that is an essential ingredient of a crime of corruption and that is his mental state.

Prof. James Grant Wits associate professor of law

This is the basis on which Ii expect representation could be made. I suspect that this is his last hope.

Prof. James Grant Wits associate professor of law

Grant believes the President has a case to answer to and adds that he has always struggled to understand the decision by Bulelani Ngcuka to not charge him.

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