No end in sight in Zuma's case against Ramaphosa with another appeal on the cards

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Ramaphosa’s application to the Gauteng High Court to have Zuma's prosecution attempt stymied has been set down to be heard in May. Photo: Tebogo Letsie/City Press
Ramaphosa’s application to the Gauteng High Court to have Zuma's prosecution attempt stymied has been set down to be heard in May. Photo: Tebogo Letsie/City Press
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The criminal prosecution case against President Cyril Ramaphosa has been postponed to later this year, pending a review application set down in the Gauteng High Court.

The High Court granted the requested postponement by Advocate Dali Mpofu, appearing for the former head of state, Jacob Zuma, in the case against the sitting president.

Ramaphosa’s application to the Gauteng High Court to have Zuma's prosecution attempt stymied has been set down to be heard in May.

Mpofu said that it was important for the private prosecution legal team to present itself before the court on the set date of trial because unlike a case brought by the State, which could be struck off the roll and reinstated, in this instance, their case would be totally scrapped without the possibility of re-enrolling it again.

“The agreement was reached by both parties to hear that matter on May 17 2023,” said Mpofu.

He also explained that they had instructions from Zuma to appeal last Monday’s court ruling by Judge Roland Sutherland, who issued an interdict in Ramaphosa’s favour, preventing him from appearing at the criminal trial on Thursday.

READ: 'Ramaphosa will suffer harm if he appears in Zuma's private prosecution case' - lawyer

Mpofu said:

Our instructions are to appeal the order. We are not sure which court to approach. We have 15 days to make the appeal.

He added: “Pending whatever developments happening, we will have to refer back to this court.”


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