Today, Zuma is expected to return to the dock over the charges which relate to an alleged attempt by the Guptas to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.
A letter from the NPA to Zuma’s lawyers - seen by Independent Media - has indicated that the prosecuting authority was planning to provisionally withdraw the charges to make way for Jonas’s testimony, which has yet to be concluded at the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture.
“Kindly be advised that the State intends to withdraw the charges against Mr D Zuma on January24, 2019. Due to the fact that Mr Jonas’s evidence before the State of Capture Commission led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has not been finalised, it is in the interests of justice not to proceed with the criminal case at this stage,” the letter said.
Jonas alleges that Zuma organised and attended the meeting in which the eldest Gupta brother, Ajay, offered him the post of finance minister, before then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was fired in December 2015.