Zuma judgment reserved

2008-08-05 11:03

THE Pietermaritzburg High Court has reserved judgment in Jacob Zuma's application to have his fraud and corruption charges dropped.

Judge Chris Nicholson announced earlier today that he will reserve judgment until September 12.

Zuma, president of the African National Congress (ANC), wants the charges against him declared "unlawful and unconstitutional."

He is expected to address thousands of his supporters who are gathered outside the court later today to explain why he made the application.

In court documents Zuma argues that acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe should have afforded him an opportunity to give his side before a decision was taken to recharge him last December.

His legal counsel Kemp J Kemp claimed that Mpshe's decision constituted a review - of an earlier decision not to charge him - and as such he should have been allowed to put his side to Mpshe.

But Wim Trengove, legal counsel for the NDPP, said there was nothing untoward in Mpshe's decision and Zuma was not entitled to make presentation before he was recharged.

Trengove is to continue with his argument this morning, while thousands of Zuma supporters lend their voice to Zuma.

Members of the ANC national executive committee and its tripartite alliance partners, Cosatu and SACP, were also in court yesterday.

Yesterday afternoon Zuma told his supporters that he will be able to tell them about the "reasons why we brought this application" after today's proceedings.

Meanwhile, the case against French arms company Thint - Zuma's co-accused in the matter - has been postponed to December 8 because they are not party to the current application.

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