ConCourt was mindful of Zuma SCA appeal - NPA

2016-10-07 22:28
President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

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Cape Town - The Constitutional Court's refusal to hear the NPA’s application for leave to appeal the order to reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma was because of a similar, pending appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said on Friday that the Constitutional Court's order, dated September 28, did not reflect the merits of the appeal.

"It is clear that the Constitutional Court was mindful of the pending petition to the president of the Supreme Court of Appeal," he said in a statement.

The NPA was consulting its lawyers to decide on its next step.

News24 reported on Friday that the Constitutional Court ruled that it would not be in the interests of justice at present to hear the NPA's request to appeal against the High Court in Pretoria’s ruling against Zuma, handed down in April.

The court ruled that the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges against Zuma should be reinstated, following a seven-year-long battle by the DA.

The Presidency acknowledged the release of the Constitutional Court's order on Friday and said Zuma would await the SCA’s decision.

Will Zuma have his day in court?

Constitutional law expert Marinus Wiechers told News24 that the matter could only be reassessed on appeal if there were new facts.

"After so many years, and having been thrashed out for so long, it's almost impossible to have new facts in this case," he said.

DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe, meanwhile, said the application was part of "deliberate attempts" by the NPA and Zuma to delay him having his day in court.

He said it was time for Zuma and his "captured institutions of State" to stop delaying the inevitable and answer to the 783 charges.


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