Zuma says NPA abuse of power reminiscent of apartheid - report

2020-02-11 12:02
Former president Jacob Zuma.

Former president Jacob Zuma. (Felix Dlangamandla)

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Former president Jacob Zuma has likened prosecutors at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to those of the apartheid era, Business Day reported.

Zuma said he has suffered because of the NPA's abuse of power.

He approached the Supreme Court of Appeal in a bid to appeal the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg's dismissal of a permanent stay of prosecution of his corruption case.

In court papers, Zuma maintained that the NPA's abuse of power is reminiscent of apartheid prosecutors, the publication reported.

Zuma failed to appear in the High Court last week, where Judge Dhaya Pillay issued an arrest warrant, News24 reported.

The warrant was stayed until 6 May.

His legal team presented Pillay with a sick note to excuse Zuma from attending his trial, but Pillay questioned alterations on the sick note, asking why dates were apparently changed.

READ: PIC | Here is Zuma's sick note for skipping court appearance

In court papers to the appeal court, Zuma denied the NPA's argument that this appeal is another attempt at delay tactics.

Zuma said the NPA had violated his constitutional rights but the NPA maintained this argument could be dealt with in trial, Business Day reported.

Read more on:    npa  |  jacob zuma  |  pietermaritzburg  |  courts

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