- Jacob Zuma won't take the reinstated corruption charges against him lying down
- The former president's lawyer said they are planning on reviewing the application brought agaisnt Zuma
- He is set to appear in court on 6 April
Jacob Zuma, the country's former troubled president, won't go down without a fight. This comes after the Hawks finally served Zuma with a summons to appear in the Durban High Court on 6 April.
Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, confirmed his client was served with a summons, but Hulley pointed out they were challenging National Prosecuting Authority boss, Shaun Abrahams’ decision to reinstate the charges against Zuma.
Hulley said, “I confirm that the summons has been received and that we are preparing an application to review the NDPP’s (National Director of Public Prosecutions’) decision to prosecute (Zuma).”.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the Hawks spokesperson, told IOL a summons was also served on Zuma’s co-accused, French arms company Thint, whose lawyers are in Cape Town, on Monday.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mulaudzi said all the matters would be ventilated in court when he was asked about Zuma opposing the summons, .
“It is their (defence lawyers’) job On April 6, the accused will be formally charged.”
This past weekend, City Press reported that the Hawks are investigating allegations that Zuma had received a R1 million bribe from a Western Cape abalone dealer in exchange for not firing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana.
At the same time, the Hawks are investigating Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini, an ally of Zuma, and Zokwana for allegedly receiving R300 000 in kickbacks from the same businessman.
In 2009, the then acting NPA head, Mokotedi Mpshe, dropped the case against Zuma, but Mpshe’s decision was found to be unlawful and irrational by both the North Gauteng High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Zuma and Thint charges
Zuma and Thint will not be required to apply for bail when they appear in court in April.
Thint is in hot water for allegedly paying Zuma R500 000 to protect the company from any arms deal investigations.
According to reports, the State believes Zuma used the money for his Nkandla renovations.
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