Downer denies Zuma’s criminal accusations against him, urges ConCourt to dismiss latest appeal

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Former president Jacob Zuma at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.
Former president Jacob Zuma at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.
Jerome Delay / POOL / AFP

Prosecutor Billy Downer says there is "no plausible factual basis" for Jacob Zuma’s criminal accusations against him – and contends that the former president’s fifth attempt to force his removal is driven largely by a desire to delay his trial. 

"I specifically deny Mr Zuma’s allegations… that I am guilty of criminal conduct," he stated in papers filed in the Constitutional Court, where Zuma is pursuing his latest challenge to the veteran state advocate’s "title" to prosecute him.

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