Former president Jacob Zuma  File picture: Michele Spatari / AP
Former president Jacob Zuma File picture: Michele Spatari / AP

Zuma to 'clear his name over arms deal in court' after withdrawing appeal application

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Apr 29, 2020

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Cape Town – Former president Jacob Zuma will finally have his "day in court" after withdrawing his application for leave to appeal the dismissal of his stay of prosecution application in the Constitutional Court.

Zuma recently changed his legal team by bringing in Johannesburg lawyer Eric Mabuza, in the place of advocate Daniel Mantsha, to work with advocate Muzi Sikhakhane.

The new legal team had to decide whether or not it should proceed with Zuma’s appeal regarding his permanent stay of prosecution application.

The appeal was lodged after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed it without even hearing his lawyers, arguing that it had no prospect of success. That was after a similar ruling by the Pietermaritzburg High Court in November last year.

His foundation said in a statement on Wednesday: "This indeed paves the way for him to prepare for his trial and demonstrate that he has never benefited from any arms deal corruption or tried to evade the trial.

"He hopes that his innocence will indeed be demonstrated for all to see. He appreciates the support he continues to receive from the citizens of this country and expresses his unreserved respect for the judiciary and other relevant State institutions.

"Finally, I hope that our citizens will finally get some certainty and closure as to the real beneficiaries of the arms deal, if any corruption in that regard did occur.

"He has always sought the opportunity to clear his name before our courts."

Zuma is due back in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on May 6.

Zuma has been charged with one count of racketeering, 12 of fraud, four of corruption and one of money laundering. French arms company Thales' stay of prosecution application was also denied.

The former president faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering amounting to just more than R4 million between 1996 and 2005.

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