D(elay)-Day for Zuma: self-imposed deadline to challenge prosecution looms

D(elay)-Day for Zuma: self-imposed deadline to challenge prosecution looms

- Former president Jacob Zuma’s self-imposed deadline to challenge the NPA’s decision to prosecute him expires on Tuesday

- Zuma’s attorney Michael Hulley said last month he would lodge a review application to challenge the NPA’s decision to prosecute Zuma on 15 May

- Zuma is facing 16 counts which include fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering in connection with the arms deal, which dates back to the late 1990’s

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Former president Jacob Zuma and his legal team are expected to launch his latest bid to delay or even avoid prosecution later on Tuesday. Zuma’s self-imposed deadline to challenge the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to prosecute him expires on Tuesday.

Last month, Zuma’s attorney Michael Hulley said he would lodge a review application to challenge the NPA’s decision to prosecute Zuma on 16 charges on 15 May.

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Zuma faces 16 charges which include fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to the controversial arms deal which was negotiated in the late 1990’s.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Hulley has refused to comment on the queries about the application to review the NPA’s decision. Advocate Hoosen Gani, who represented Zuma during his first court appearance in the Durban High Court last month also refused to comment.

Zuma appeared in court briefly last month, the matter was postponed to 8 June.

According to TimesLive.co.za Zuma is alleged to have received 783 payments from arms manufacturer Thames. These payments were facilitated by Zuma’s friend and then financial advisor Schabir Shaik.

The payments are alleged to have been bribes to protect Thames from being investigated.

The NPA originally withdrew the charges against Zuma in 2009 after the spy tapes emerged.

According to the NPA, the conversations provided evidence at the time of collusion against Zuma between former NPA officials and former president Thabo Mbeki.

In 2016 after nine years of court proceedings led by the Democratic Alliance the North Gauteng High Court found there was no reason for the NPA not to prosecute Zuma.

Both Zuma and the NPA appealed the ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeals. The court dismissed the appeal in October 2017 after Zuma and the NPA was forced to admit the decision not to prosecute him was irrational.

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