Austil Mathebula
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29 Apr 2016
1:54 pm

The court has not found Zuma guilty yet – ANC

Austil Mathebula

"The court didn't make any finding declaring guilt on any matter against President Zuma."

Zizi Kodwa, ANC national spokesperson. File Picture: City Press/Dudu Zitha/Gallo Images

The ANC has come out to warn the public against making inferences that the Pretoria High Court found President Jacob Zuma guilty of any crime on Friday.

This comes after the Pretoria High Court ruled that former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision in April 2009 to drop corruption charges against Zuma was irrational.

The party points to the fact that the court did not deal with the merits of any allegations against Zuma, thus, no judgment has been handed down on any of the allegations.

“It is important to note that the court did not deal with the merits of any allegations against President Zuma nor did it make any finding declaring guilt on any matter against President Zuma. Today’s judgment was solely a judicial review of an administrative action taken by the NPA as allowed for in our law. We trust that it shall therefore not be used by any in our society to infer any culpability in any crime or offence by the president,” the ANC said in a statement.

Meanwhile, DA leader  Mmusi Maimane has called for Zuma to have his day in court.

Maimane tweeted: “in and out of court for almost seven years, the Rule of Law has prevailed. No one is above the law. Jacob Zuma must have his day in court.”

EFF national spokesperson Dali Mpofu said: “in short the Full Bench has found that there was no rational cause to discontinue the criminal prosecution of Zuma..So?…it must continue!”

The presidency said that Zuma has noted the court’s decision and will consider the judgment.

“As a party to the proceedings, the president has noted the decision of the court and will give consideration to the judgment and its consequences and the remedies available in terms of our law,” the presidency said in a statement.

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