Pietermaritzburg - Jacob Zuma’s defence on Monday slammed the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for exercising “mob justice” as it pursued a criminal case against the former president.
Appearing before a full bench of the Pietermaritzburg High Court, advocate Muzi Sikhakhane said that there were two philosophies at play in the graft case against Zuma, one entailed mob justice and the other was based on a presumption of innocence.
The senior counsel was delivering his opening remarks as he started making a case for a permanent stay of prosecution against Zuma. The former president was seated with his legal team.
Zuma, accused one, is facing one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud for allegedly receiving bribe money from Thales via his former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik.
Thales, a French multinational company, is jointly charged with Zuma and is accused two in the matter