Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

SCA dismisses Zuma appeal on corruption charges

SCA dismisses Zuma appeal on corruption charges

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday upheld a High Court ruling to reinstate hundreds of corruption charges filed against Jacob Zuma before he became president.

Justice Leach, who only took eight minutes to hand down his ruling, said that manner in which the case was conducted on behalf of the NPA was inexcusable.

The SCA was now ready to give its verdict after Zuma and the NPA conceded that former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe's decision not to prosecute him for corruption charges was irrational.

"It is hard to understand why the present regime at the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) considered that the decision to terminate the prosecution could be defended", Judge Leach said.


Past year the High Court in Pretoria found that the NPA should not have withdrawn the 783 counts based on the spy tapes' revelation that then head of the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy and then head of the NPA, Bulelani Ngcuka schemed about the timing of indicting Zuma.

Legal representatives for the NPA and Zuma tried to persuade the court to allow the appeal.

The Supreme Court of Appeal has rejected, with costs, President Jacob Zuma's appeal in his long running battle to avoid prosecution for fraud and corruption. Zuma's counsel Kemp J Kemp SC hinted that their next move would be to approach the NPA to once again consider Zuma's representations.

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