Zuma demands recusal of lead prosecutor, or won’t come to court

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Former president Jacob Zuma greets supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday.
Former president Jacob Zuma greets supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday.
Moeketsi Mamane

Former president Jacob Zuma, who is facing a jail sentence for defying a Constitutional Court order to appear before the Zondo Commission, has threatened to boycott proceedings in his arms deal criminal trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Zuma, who’s lawyers have lodged an application seeking the recusal of lead prosecutor Billy Downer — who he had accused of violating his rights during the investigation of his criminal case — said he would be forced to reconsider his decision to co-operate with the court should the court fail to protect his rights.

Addressing his supporters on Monday shortly after the court had adjourned his criminal matter to May 26, Zuma said he will not hesitate to boycott the court proceedings should “those who are the custodians of the law turn a blind eye” to the wrong things done by those who have been investigating him.

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