South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has today, decided to apply for leave to appeal a High Court judgement which ruled that Zuma’s 783 corruption charges be reinstated.
A High Court in Durban dismissed the charges in 2009, but another High Court in Pretoria reinstated the charges last month and ruled that the President face the corruption charges.
South Africans have been waiting on NPA to act on the recent court ruling. Many believed the President will choose to face the charges as he’s been bothered about that for long.
Contrary to that, Shaun Abrahams – the national director of public prosecutions has divulged that Mr President will be taking the quest of getting the 783 corruption charges dismissed to the next level.
Zuma’s 783 corruption charges to Abrahams, “needs the decision of an appeal court.”
“My decision has been made after much consideration…I will carry out my duties without fear or favor or prejudice. I will always do what is correct, irrespective of whether the individual is an ordinary person, a cabinet minister or a sitting President,” he vowed.
Reacting to this, the DA said NPA decision is a blatant delaying tactic to shield Jacob Zuma from facing the 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering leveled against him almost a decade ago.
“The reasons advanced by Adv. Abrahams – that he was acting in the best interests of prosecutorial independence – is a farce. Abrahams is preoccupied with protecting President Zuma at all costs – no matter what the implications are for the Constitution, the taxpayer or due process…
The matter is simple: President Zuma will eventually have his day in court, and justice will prevail, no matter how many tricks and delaying tactics are used by the state. The DA will not let this matter rest. President Zuma will face justice,” DA promised.