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

2017-10-13 18:14


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Johannesburg – It is in the best interest of the country that President Jacob Zuma clears his name in court, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) said on Friday.

"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.

The federation was responding to a Supreme Court of Appeal decision on Friday 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.

The appeal was dismissed with costs.

"President Zuma is a central figure in many unethical actions around state capture and as long as this dark cloud of corruption charges hangs over his head, South Africa's image both locally and internationally will remain tainted.

"It is in the best interests of both the country and the president himself that he is either cleared or held accountable for this eight-year-long scandal," said George.  

'South Africans are sick and angry'

Weighing in on the matter, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said NPA head Shaun Abrahams "must immediately stop looking for further excuses... and reinstate all the charges," as required by the Constitution.

Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi called on Zuma to step down before the end of Friday.

"South Africans are sick and angry at the continuing flood of allegations of corruption, fraud and the looting of the country's resources by members of government, heads of state-owned enterprises and private businesses.

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"They are even more sickened by the NPA's refusal so far to take any of the cases to court, despite the overwhelming evidence from whistle-blowers and leaked emails."

He said the prosecution of Zuma would be a sign that the tide was turning.

"The key player is Advocate Abrahams. If he once again tries to dodge his constitutional duty and fails to prosecute Zuma and all the others implicated, he himself becomes a guilty party and should also be charged with perverting the course of justice," Vavi said.

Zuma, NPA about-turn

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein handed down judgment in an appeal by Zuma and the NPA in the "spy tapes" saga earlier on Friday.

Zuma and the NPA had approached the SCA seeking leave to appeal the 2016 decision by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to overturn the NPA's decision to drop the corruption charges against Zuma that related to fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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The 18 charges against Zuma were withdrawn in 2009, just before he was sworn in for his first term as president, but the DA wanted the charges to be reinstated.

After the 2016 ruling, both the NPA and Zuma turned to the SCA after the High Court denied them direct access for an appeal.

But last month, Zuma and the NPA made an about-turn and conceded that former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe's decision not to prosecute Zuma was irrational.

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