Zuma likely to challenge Abrahams' decision to prosecute


It is unacceptable for the South African public to keep footing the bill for former president Jacob Zuma's "delay at all costs" legal strategy, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday.

As it stands, Zuma is facing twelve fraud charges, one racketeering charge, two corruption and one money laundering charge.

But on Friday Abrahams, addressing a media briefing, said that a trial court would be the most appropriate forum for these charges to be "ventilated and to be decided upon".

"The very fact that the NPA can say today that "there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution of Mr Zuma" on the corruption charges proves that there always was a case, since nothing has changed since 2009 when the charges were withdrawn - "unlawfully" and "irrationally" - according to the Supreme Court of Appeal", Saftu said.

Former President Thabo Mbeki fired Zuma in 2005 as his deputy state president, when details of an arms deal scandal involving a French firm found its way into the press. The ANC gathers to elect new leadership, including a new party president for which Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are the candidates.

However, Zuma's position is now much more vulnerable due to the lack of party support and his loss of state resources along with the presidency.

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While Zuma's eldest son, Edward told the publication he would be issuing a statement on the NPA's decision to prosecute his father soon.

It then fell to Abrahams to decide whether or not the NPA would pursue a case against Zuma, who resigned as head of state on February 14 on the orders of the ANC. He was sentenced to 15 years for his involvement.

Zuma has denied any involvement. "While Zuma, the Guptas and Co amassed millions of rand, the poor faced soaring unemployment, deepening poverty, and obscene levels of inequality", Saftu said.

How politicians in South Africa have reacted: Zuma's ANC acknowledged the NPA's decision and said it had confidence in the criminal justice system.

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