Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
Nearly 20 years after the so-called arms deal docket came into the mustachioed prosecutor's purview, the corruption case against the former president is still consuming senior State advocate Billy Downer's time and energy, writes Mandy Wiener.
It is sobering to think that the "nine wasted Zuma years" (and an estimated $50bn lost to corruption) might have been avoided had he faced charges related to the arms deal earlier, writes Helen Zille.
The recent arms deal judgment will have implications for commissions of inquiry going forward. In a precedent-setting judgment, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria set aside the findings of the 2015 Seriti commission report into the billion-rand arms deal.
With the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruling that the findings in the arms deal commission be set aside, it’s now as if the Seriti commission "never took place".
Patricia de Lille, who first blew the whistle on the arms deal, believes the Gauteng High Court judgment setting aside the findings of the Seriti commission is evidence that the rule of law still prevails.
It is now safe to say that Seriti's inquiry was a whitewash and probably designed to be that way from the start, when former president Jacob Zuma – who himself benefited from the deal – appointed Seriti.
The decision by the court on the Seriti commission is the result of tireless efforts by civil society. It shows that impunity and cover-ups do not work, write Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren.
The process of the Seriti Commission, which found that there was no evidence of corruption in the "arms deal", was flawed, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has heard.
There was doubt whether the case of corruption against former president Jacob Zuma more than 10 years ago was "winnable", former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka has said.
Former president Jacob Zuma claims the corruption case against him is nothing more than an attempt to prejudice him and declare him "synonymous with crime and corruption", says a report.
Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, and many South Africans feared he would. His appearance this week in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg was just downright sad. Not even Carl Niehaus was there, writes Pieter du Toit.
The DA has welcomed the decision of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg to dismiss former president Jacob Zuma’s application for a permanent stay of prosecution, maintaining that there is a case he has to answer to.
Retired Judge Willie Seriti, who chaired the arms deal commission of inquiry, says he stands by his report, despite a High Court ruling that rubbished the findings and set them aside.
South Africans must ask why now-retired Judge Willie Seriti, and/or those who appointed him, are not being asked to pay personal costs after the High Court set aside the findings of the arms deal commission of inquiry, the EFF says.
The DA has welcomed the High Court judgment on the Seriti commission, saying that the arms deal commission was never set up to investigate the truth, but only to clear the names of those implicated.
If the corruption case against former president Jacob Zuma proceeds to trial, he will no longer be able to use the arms deal commission of inquiry, which found that there was no evidence against him, as a defence.
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has set aside the findings of the arms deal commission.
Civil society organisations Corruption Watch and Right2know will, on June 11 and 12, head to the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti commission.
The arms deal changed everything. It vulgarised our politics and made us so cynical that it is normal now for corruption to go unpunished, writes Sarah Evans.
Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to file papers in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court seeking a permanent stay of prosecution in his corruption case.
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