Former President Jacob Zuma has filed a 300-page application for a permanent stay of prosecution, saying that there's a political conspiracy against him.
Zuma's case was postponed to 20 May after he made a brief appearance in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg for corruption-related charges.
Specialist reporter at Tiso Blackstar Karyn Maughan says if Zuma's application for a permanent stay of prosecution succeeds, it means the case will finally be scrapped after 16 years of being in and out of court. If not, it means he will finally go to trial.
This big battle of prosecution is probably not just a legal one but a political one.— Karyn Maughan, Specialist reporter at Tiso Blackstar
Maughan says Zuma might argue that he wanted the NPA to put him on trial in 2005 with Schabir Shaik and that he could have cross-examined him, but that option is no longer available.
He says there's been undue delay in his prosecution but many people could say he brought all kinds of challenges that dragged the matter.— Karyn Maughan, Specialist reporter at Tiso Blackstar
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Zuma's application for permanent stay of prosecution to be heard in May 2019