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Zuma fights graft charges

FILE PICTURE: President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. (Photo: DoC)

FILE PICTURE: President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. (Photo: DoC)

The DA’s attempts to reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma yesterday moved to another phase.

Zuma had until yesterday to file responding affidavits to challenge the reinstatement of over 700 counts against him. Last night, indications were that the president was now on the verge of having his day in court to answer to the charges.

DA’s federal chairperson James Selfe last night confirmed his party had received copies of the papers, but he would not reveal further details.

“I have just received the papers and will send them to you after I will have read them,” said Selfe.

However, the National Prosecuting Authority remained mum on whether he filed responding affidavits on the so-called spy tapes matter. NPA spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi last night would neither deny nor confirm if Zuma met the deadline.

“I know nothing about it. I can’t just answer to you… I have to go to others and ask questions first,” said Mgobhozi.

The DA seeks to have charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering reinstated against Zuma. The charges were dropped in 2009 by then acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe, saying the tapes proved there was a political conspiracy against him. He was elected president of the country later the same month.

Following a protracted legal battle, the NPA handed the spy tapes to the DA on September 4 following a ruling by the Supreme Court of appeal (SCA). DA leader Helen Zille said at the time her party would use evidence in its review application of the withdrawal of the charges.

Zuma’s woes were compounded by the Economic Freedom Fighter’s constant demands that he pay back some of the R246 million of public money spent on the security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

warren@citizen.co.za

 

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