ConCourt dismisses Zuma's bid to force 'misguided' Maya to reconsider his special plea

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Former president Jacob Zuma.
Former president Jacob Zuma.
Gallo Images

Former president Jacob Zuma has failed to convince the Constitutional Court that Mandisa Maya, the former head of the Supreme Court of Appeal, grossly misdirected herself by refusing to reconsider his bid to force the removal of prosecutor Billy Downer from his corruption trial.

The apex court unanimously dismissed Zuma's argument that Maya - who President Cyril Ramaphosa has since appointed as the deputy chief justice - grossly misdirected herself when she found there were no exceptional circumstances justifying the reconsideration of her court's dismissal of Zuma's challenge to a ruling that Downer had the title (legal standing) to prosecute him.

READ | Zuma corruption trial postponed to October as High Court awaits Constitutional Court appeal ruling

Zuma had also asked that the Constitutional Court to grant him leave to appeal Judge Piet Koen's dismissal, in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg, of his special plea to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

While stating that it had not decided whether Maya's decision was, in fact, appealable, the country's highest court said it had "concluded that it would not be in the interests of justice to grant leave to appeal" Maya's decision, given that Zuma would be entitled to seek leave to appeal Koen's decision "to this court".

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

Zuma's foundation tweeted on Thursday that the ruling confirmed the former president "can exercise his right to appeal the adverse decision of the High Court to the Constitutional Court", but did not confirm that he would, in fact, do so.

Zuma is due back in court on 17 October.

He is pursuing a private prosecution against Downer and News24 journalist Karyn Maughan, who are both are challenging it as an abuse of court process.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
A Section 89 panel headed by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo found President Cyril Ramaphosa has an impeachable case to answer on the Phala Phala scandal.
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Ramaphosa should do the honourable thing and immediately resign.
22% - 2254 votes
Ramaphosa should follow due process and submit himself to an impeachment hearing.
30% - 3041 votes
Ramaphosa should fight the findings in court and keep his job at all costs
48% - 4899 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.30
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
21.06
-0.1%
Rand - Euro
18.17
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.56
+0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.4%
Gold
1,772.71
+0.1%
Silver
22.36
+0.8%
Palladium
1,858.50
+0.4%
Platinum
985.91
-0.5%
Brent Crude
79.35
-4.2%
Top 40
67,666
-1.1%
All Share
73,773
-1.1%
Resource 10
72,493
-2.0%
Industrial 25
90,723
-0.7%
Financial 15
15,627
-0.7%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE