Zuma ups the ante in bid to torpedo trial

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Zuma ups the ante in bid to torpedo trial

The former president sets his sights on not just the lead prosecutor but his whole team

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Former president Jacob Zuma says if lead prosecutor Billy Downer is allowed to conduct the fraud and corruption trial against him “it will erode the constitutional and moral authority” of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to perform its duties as prescribed by law.

In a final affidavit filed in the Pietermaritzburg high court on Thursday, Zuma has widened his bid to have Downer removed in terms of a “special plea” and says he will be asking the court to find that any person who was part of the prosecuting team at any stage is “equally disqualified”.

Further, he says, he will ask the court to rule that: “No person who is mandated by the NPA and the NPA itself is qualified to conduct the prosecution,” making particular reference to senior counsels Wim Trengove and Andrew Breitenbach, private advocates on Downer’s team, “who are both heavily implicated in the wrongdoing”...

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