Zuma makes a last-gasp bid to dodge corruption trial
Now, citing ‘egregious’ violations by the NPA in his case, he wants the Constitutional Court to decide
As SA prepared to go into a state-ordered lockdown in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, former president Jacob Zuma made his last possible attempt to stop his corruption trial from going ahead.
Zuma’s lawyers launched a Constitutional Court challenge on Thursday to the Pietermaritzburg High Court’s decision to dismiss his application for a permanent stay of his prosecution. Zuma now argues that three high court judges failed to address the “constitutional violations” he has suffered at the hands of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and insists he has a “reasonable prospect of success” of convincing the Constitutional Court of his appeal arguments.
Zuma contends that the conduct of the NPA was “so egregious” in its deviation from the provisions of the constitution and prosecutorial laws and policies that “it should be disqualified from performing my prosecution”. He continues to insist he has no prospect of receiving a fair trial if he is prosecuted by the NPA...