REACTION: Presidency 'disappointed' in the SCA ruling on Zuma case

2017-10-13 09:27

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has dismissed an appeal by President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority in the "spy tapes" saga.

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13 Oct 18:17

'Zuma must clear his name in court, what is he afraid of?' - Fedusa

It is in the best interest of the country that President Jacob Zuma clears his name in court, said the Federation of Unions of South Africa.

"It is high time that this president has his day in court and clear his name. What is he afraid of?" Fedusa general secretary Dennis George said.

13 Oct 17:24

Nyanda: ANC needs to think hard about 'compromised' Zuma

The ANC needs to put deep thought into its decision on whether to continue with President Jacob Zuma at the helm of the party and the country, says ANC veteran Siphiwe Nyanda.

"The ANC would really have to sit and really think hard about how they proceed with a president that is facing so many charges," said Nyanda on the sidelines of the ANC veterans' league elective conference in the East Rand.

He advised the party to interrogate how it will "proceed with a president that is so compromised".

13 Oct 17:04

Spy tapes judgment was not surprising - expert

Judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal in the spy tapes matter was hardly surprising, says a legal expert.

It was all over when President Jacob Zuma's legal team and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) conceded that the decision not to prosecute him on corruption charges was irrational.

Constitutional Court expert Phephelaphi Dube said the judgment was just confirming that they were right to have conceded.

13 Oct 15:37

ANC will stand behind Zuma - Mantashe

The ANC intends on standing behind President Jacob Zuma following a damning judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

"Do we do what is fashionable to say? Yes, he has a lot of charges, he must leave; or are we going to bring wisdom [on] managing this crisis point facing the movement? I am a firm believer in being systematic in dealing [with] things," said secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

He cautioned against taking an emotional decision against Zuma for instant gratification. "I don't believe in this thing of being emotional in taking decisions. You get instant satisfaction and at the end [you] have regrets. It actually flattens you."

13 Oct 15:25

Zuma is the greatest living threat to democracy - EFF

The NPA must immediately institute charges against President Jacob Zuma, the EFF says, adding that "he is the greatest living threat to democracy and respect for the rule of law".

"The best way to restore the integrity of the NPA is to proceed and charge Zuma, who must, in turn, step down from the highest office in the land," said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

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Zuma must appear in court before ANC elective conference - DA

President Jacob Zuma must appear in court to face corruption charges before the ANC holds its elective conference in December, the DA said on Friday.

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Reactions to the SCA judgment

13 Oct 13:48

As we’ve seen with Zuma over the years, he has used his lawyers Kemp J. Kemp and Michael Hulley to fight the NPA every step of the way.

I think what we can expect is that Zuma will again make approaches to the NPA to argue why the charges should be dropped.

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Spy tape ruling 'disappointing', now it's up to NPA - Presidency

While the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision to dismiss the "spy tapes" appeal is disappointing, it means that the NPA can now make a "legitimate" decision on whether or not to prosecute President Zuma, the Presidency says.

13 Oct 12:54

ANC left with egg on the face – UDM on SCA judgment on 'spy tapes'

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa on Friday said he was not surprised by the Supreme Court of Appeal's (SCA) decision to dismiss the appeal brought by President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), in relation to the reinstatement of corruption charges against the president.

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Zuma and the spy tapes: 7 pressure points after the SCA judgment

Suddenly we're back in 2007, with the most powerful politician in the country staring down the barrel of prosecution.

13 Oct 12:09

Adriaan Basson: What the spy tapes ruling means for Zuma's future

On Friday the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma against a High Court order which set aside the decision to withdraw charges against the president. What does this mean for Zuma and how will the NPA proceed? Adriaan Basson explains.

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We will 'interrogate' SCA spy tapes ruling - NPA

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday said it will consider and "interrogate" the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of Appeal in President Jacob Zuma's "spy tapes" saga.

13 Oct 11:52

Zuma's fate in NPA boss Shaun Abrahams' hands

President Jacob Zuma's fate now rests in the hands of the National Prosecuting Authority and its boss Shaun Abrahams. This comes after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by the High Court that Zuma be prosecuted with 18 charges and 783 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

13 Oct 11:51

Full DA statement

Finally, after almost a decade of ducking and diving, and squandering millions of rand of public money on his own legal fees, President Jacob Zuma will now face 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering for stealing the people's money.  

The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this morning, which flatly rejected President Jacob Zuma's appeal of the 2016 North Gauteng High Court ruling that set aside the decision to drop these charges eight and a half years ago.  

The court found that the decision to drop these charges was borne from undue political considerations and, therefore, irrational.  

Today's judgment is a win for justice, the rule of law, and for South Africa. Jacob Zuma will not defeat the ends of justice. The law applies to all, regardless of status.  

The matter is now straightforward.  

The charges now stand, and a court of law must hear this matter. If the President is innocent, as he proclaims, he ought to let a trial court decide on his innocence.

His actions over the last decade smack of a desperate attempt to avoid this eventuality.  

These are the actions of a man who knows he has a lot to answer for.  

In this light, I will be writing to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shaun Abrahams, insisting that Jacob Zuma is served with an indictment and appears in court at the soonest available date.  

Adv Abrahams must commit to reinstating all 783 charges, and furnish the people of South Africa with a date by which these charges will be processed. Adv Abrahams must give us a response within 10 days. The charges have been formulated and the evidence is ready. We now await a trial date.  

We suspect that President Zuma will want to make fresh representations about why charges against him should be dropped. However, this is unnecessary, as he made written and oral representations on why exactly the same charges ought to be dropped back in 2009, and these representations were rejected. We will not stand for Jacob Zuma.  

While everyone has the right to approach the courts for relief, the matter at hand is a simple one, and requires no further deliberation.  

We urge President Zuma to stop wasting public funds through lengthy legal appeals, and to accept the fact that he will stand trial for 783 charges of corruption fraud and racketeering.  

We estimate that Zuma's delaying tactics in the courts to date have cost the taxpayers upward of R30m. Jacob Zuma must and will be held personally liable and made to pay for wasting valuable financial resources. Zuma must pay back the money he wasted.  

This matter has been ongoing since 6 April 2009, when then Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Moketedi Mpshe, announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would be discontinuing the prosecution of Jacob Zuma on 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering.  

The next day, the DA launched a review application in the Gauteng North High Court to review and set aside this decision on the grounds that it was manifestly irrational and therefore illegal.  

This now presents Adv Abrahams a golden opportunity to show his independence and proceed with this prosecution as planned, and give Jacob Zuma a court date.   The DA has always maintained that the President may not be guilty but that he has his day in court as is consistent with the Rule of Law and due process.  

The President himself has stated on numerous occasions that he wants his day in court.  

In the absence of any legitimate factual or legal reasons, the DA is led to believe that these charges were dropped for political purposes: A political solution needed to be found to drop charges against a person who was about to become President, and the Spy Tapes provided the convenient excuse that has now been set aside.

13 Oct 11:42

ANC studying SCA spy tapes judgment, has 'full confidence in judiciary'

The African National Congress on Friday said it was studying the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision to dismiss the appeal brought by President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority, in relation to the reinstatement of corruption charges against Zuma.

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The DA insists that the NPA should take the Zuma matter to court

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South Africans need a new beginning. There's been a collective to capture the state, says Maimane

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Maimane says Zuma was acting on the mandate of the ANC. "The policy of cadre deployment was not of Jacob Zuma's, but of the ANC"

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DA takes questions from the media on the SCA judgment

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