Zuma to appeal decision to deny permanent stay of corruption charges

‘Mr Zuma elects to exercise the full extent of his constitutional rights, which includes the right to appeal (this).. decision,’ lawyer says.
Former President Jacob Zuma's appeal application must be filed within 15 days of last Friday's decision, which denied him a permanent stay of prosecution. Image: Waldo Swiegers, Bloomberg

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will appeal a high court decision to deny him a permanent stay of prosecution on charges related to a $2 billion arms deal, his lawyers said on Tuesday.

Zuma, in office from 2009-2018, had applied for a permanent stay of prosecution for alleged fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the deal to buy European military hardware for South Africa’s armed forces in the 1990s.

Read: Zuma back in court as corruption case resumes

On Friday the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed the application by Zuma and his co-accused, French arms company Thales.

“Mr Zuma elects to exercise the full extent of his constitutional rights, which includes the right to appeal (this).. decision,” a lawyer for Zuma told the court.

The appeal application must be filed within 15 days of last Friday’s decision.

State prosecutor Billy Downer said the state intended to oppose the appeal, potentially triggering another delay that could push any trial well into 2020.

Zuma’s lawyers and state prosecutors agreed to provisionally set down February 4, 2020 as a trial start date. 

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Shame, the poor man. He was so looking forward to his day in court.

What a ridiculous justice system. Its been going for decades and is still being pushed out.

If our beloved chief justice wants to give a “lecture” again may the topic be about the absolute failure of justice in SA.

We wont mention the NPA. Madam is still building capacity. Hahaaa.

Heita, baba … No means no – don’t be unnecessary

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