Zuma's permanent stay of prosecution bid puts NPA on trial, says Karyn Maughan

Former president Jacob Zuma's permanent stay of prosecution case is an attempt to put the National Prosecuting Authority on trial, says specialists legal reporter Karyn Maughan.

Zuma's bid to have corruption charges against him permanently dropped will be heard in the High Court in May.

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

Both the NPA and a string of NDPPs will have to account for why they did not prosecute Zuma sooner, Maughan explains.

A permanent stay of prosecution application is about putting the NPA on trial.

Karyn Maughan, Senior reporter - Tiso Blackstar

It's putting the NPA and all the NDPPs, who have all been touche by the Zuma prosecution, on trial in terms of the decion they made with regards to that prosecution.

Karyn Maughan, Senior reporter - Tiso Blackstar

Zuma will argue that he should been prosecuted back when the NPA took down his former financial advisor Schabir Shaik, for corruption linked to the arms deal.

Maughan says the State has affidavits from former NPA bosses Bulelani Ngcuka, Vusi Pikoli and Shaun Abrahams explaining their decions.

Also read: Why didn't the NPA prosecute Zuma all those years ago?

Permanent stays are really decided on the issue of undue delay. Zuma is saying Bulelani Ngcuka could of put me on trial with Schabir Shaik in 2003.

Karyn Maughan, Senior reporter - Tiso Blackstar

The issue of undue delay is going to be pivotal in the court's determination.

Karyn Maughan, Senior reporter - Tiso Blackstar

According to Maughan, Zuma will claim that the undue delays over the past 17 years were out of his hands.

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