NPA to pursue Zuma prosecution

Prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams announced on Friday that the state has reinstated fraud and corruption charges against former President Jacob Zuma.

This comes after a nine-year-long legal battle and more than R15 million of taxpayers' money spent on legal fees.

Last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside the 2009 decision to withdraw the case against the former president.

Read: SCA upholds High Court decision on Zuma charges

At the end of January, Zuma submitted fresh representations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on why he should not face corruption charges.

A team of five senior state prosecutors spent four weeks studying his reasons and made recommendation to Abrahams, whose job is currently on the line.

Also read: 'Inappropriate for Abrahams to take a decision regarding Zuma charges'

Abrahams says there is a reasonable prospect of a successful prosecution and adds that Zuma’s representations are unsuccessful.

Earlier this week, lobby group Casac attempted to stop Abrahams from making the announcement until a final court decision was taken on his fate as prosecutions boss.

It's understood that Zuma was informed of the decision before Abrahams made the announcement publicly.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : NPA to pursue Zuma prosecution


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