What's next with Jacob Zuma's corruption charges trial?

TisoBlackStar investigative journalist Karyn Maughan reflects on a year since 16 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering against former President Jacob Zuma were reinstated by the NPA.

A permanent stay of prosecution application bought by Zuma will be heard in May.

Read: Zuma says NPA is biased and he wants corruption charges dropped once and for all

He is effectively putting the NPA on trial and he is arguing that there's been undue delay in prosecuting him and that the delay can't be solely blamed on him, but is actually the NPA's fault.

Karyn Maughan, Investigative journalist - TisoBlackStar

I think one of the NPA's biggest problem was that they didn't put Jacob Zuma on trial.

Karyn Maughan, Investigative journalist - TisoBlackStar

Maughan says the prosecution team has been arguing that if Zuma had been put on trial together with his former financial advisor Schabir Shaik in 2003 he would've been convicted.

Zuma is arguing that he should've been given the right to go on trial with Schaik, cross-examine him and dispute what he was saying.

Karyn Maughan, Investigative journalist - TisoBlackStar

He also says the NPA decision to withdraw charges against him based on the spy tapes using a wrong piece of the law to do so and making the decision to institute again was not his fault, the NPA was a mess and why must he go on trial 17 years later.

Karyn Maughan, Investigative journalist - TisoBlackStar

The NPA says the rule of law has been the ultimate victim of what has happened in this case, saying the evidence was so strong that Zuma must go on trial and that there is a compelling case against him and that the constitution demands that everyone is equal before the law.

Karyn Maughan, Investigative journalist - TisoBlackStar

Maughan says the issue of undue delay is pivotal in a permanent stay of prosecution.

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