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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s legal woes are far from and has been given until November 30 to provide the National Prosecuting Authority with reasons why corruption charges against him should not be reinstated.
This comes on the footsteps of of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) ruling that the decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma was irrational.
The deadline however came with strict guidelines that Zuma’s representation should not relate to issues covered in the past but that he must argue on new merits.
The NPA on Friday released a statement stating that it’s head Shaun Abrahams had already set the wheels in motion on the matter.
“The National Director of Public Prosecutions is of the view that in light of the judgment of the SCA, it appears that any further representations envisaged by Mr Zuma should relate to issues not previously considered. As a result, Mr Zuma has been advised through his lawyers that he has until 30 November 2017 to submit any envisaged representations to the NDPP,” the NPA said.
The deadline was said to also allow investigators time to track down witnesses to the cases. It was also revealed that
Abrahams had met with Hawks head General Yolisa Matakata to verify the availability of witnesses.
Over 200 witnesses are linked to the case.
“It was agreed that the investigating officer would require at least 30 days to conduct an initial assessment, prior to reverting to the NPA on the availability of the witnesses and any factor(s) which may or may not impact on the feasibility of the re-enrolment of the matter,” the statement said.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane whose party has been pushing for the charges to be reinstated welcomed the decision.
He said the DA was looking forward to a trial date being set shortly after the witness list is finalised, and they would begin preparing for trial.
“Adv Abrahams was responding to a letter I wrote to him last week, following the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision which found that the decision to drop 783 charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering against Jacob Zuma was irrational, and set aside. While we welcome this action, we are of the belief that Jacob Zuma is being afford special treatment by the NPA. Any other person would be hauled before a court and charged. Yet, this is not the case with Jacob Zuma. He should be notified of his Court date immediately, like any other accused and the court process should commence,” said Maimane.
The 18 charges against Zuma were dropped in 2009.