JG Zuma Foundation describes high court ruling as ‘irrational’

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JG Zuma Foundation spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, addressing the media at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.
JG Zuma Foundation spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, addressing the media at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.
Clive Ndou

The JG Zuma Foundation says it will advise former president Jacob Zuma to appeal the Pietermaritzburg High Court judgement dismissing his application for the recusal of senior prosecutor, Advocate Billy Downer.

In his judgement handed down on Tuesday morning, Judge Piet Koen found that Zuma had failed to provide justifiable reasons for Down's recusal.

However, JG Zuma Foundation spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, described the ruling as “irrational”.

“How do you allow a person who is facing criminal charges to be a prosecutor in President Zuma's case.

“Also, the judgement makes reference to some other civil cases but the fact of the matter is that this is a criminal case,” he said.

Last week Zuma laid criminal charges against Downer for amongst other things, leaking his medical records to the media. The case was opened at Pietermaritzburg’s Loop Street police station.

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