Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma against a High Court order which set aside the decision to withdraw charges against the president.
The High Court in Pretoria ruled earlier this year that the 2009 decision to withdraw the 18 charges was irrational and set it aside which had the automatic effect of the charges being reinstated against the President.
Judge Eric Leach said the NPA and President Zuma were correct to admit that the decision to withdraw criminal charges was not supported by law.
Eusebius McKaiser spoke to Wits University associate professor and advocate, James Grant and provides a detailed understanding of what the judgment means.
By making the concession they attracted a cost order but had they not, the court would have found no doubt that there were spurious grounds....— James Grant, Associate Professor at Wits University and Advocate
In fact the question really to be asked is, what were they doing there in the first place.— James Grant, Associate Professor at Wits University and Advocate