Hellens said these “pillars” included a delay in charging and in going to trial and significant pre-trial irregularities in the investigation by the National Prosecuting Authority.
He added that the two most “ominous” issues would be centred on the spying and “eavesdropping” on Zuma, referring to the Browse Mole report and the so-called spy tapes; and, secondly, “executive interference with prosecutorial independence”.
Hellens said after consulting with Zuma, they decided that making an application for a permanent stay would have “greater prospects of success”.
“The previous legal team stood at a crossroads considering a review of the matter. We decided a review was not needed and discarded that matter. It’s not viable and it is not what Mr Zuma chooses,” Hellens told Deputy Chief Justice Isaac Madondo, who is presiding over the matter.