Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

S.African court upholds ruling reinstating corruption charges against Zuma

S.African court upholds ruling reinstating corruption charges against Zuma

Zuma could still fight any decision to charge him in the constitutional court.

This follows an application by the president and the National prosecuting Authority (NPA) against the High Court order - which set aside the decision to withdraw charges against Zuma.

Zuma and the NPA asked for leave to appeal the Gauteng North High Court judgment previous year, which ruled in favour of the Democratic Alliance (DA), setting aside the 2009 decision by the NPA's former Director of Public Prosecution, Mokotedi Mpshe, to discontinue the corruption case against Zuma on the basis of irrationality.

The SCA made the decision on Friday which could see Zuma facing the 783 counts on 18 charges which were dropped in 2009.

The court was again strident in its criticism of the NPA, saying the timing of the indictment was irrelevant to the merits of the case against Zuma.

The long-standing matter was brought by the DA.

Advocate Kemp J Kemp, counsel for Zuma, made the same concession.

The tapes, given to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as part of Zuma's "representations" as to why he should not be prosecuted, were recordings of telephone conversations, mostly between former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy and the first national director of public prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka.

Mpshe's decision was immediately challenged by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in a case that dragged on for 8 years.

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