- Jacob Zuma insists that the corruption case against him is just a way to smear his name
- According to Zuma, the National Prosecuting Authority orchestrated the whole thing
- Zuma filed papers at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in an effort to stop the court case
Former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, insists that the corruption case against him is an attempt by the National Prosecuting Authority to make him look bad.
Zuma says the NPA wants to declare him synonymous with corruption and crime, as reported by News24.
On Friday, 16 November, Zuma approached the KZN High Court and filed papers to seek a stay of prosecution. He says the corruption case is blatantly biased.
Zuma apparently said he faced media and public prosecution contrived and arranged by the NPA itself. He added that it is because of this that he has a bad reputation.
The former president went on to say that the sexual assault charge that was laid against him in 2005 was part of a plan to rule him out of the ANC's leadership race in 2007. He was acquitted in 2006.
Furthermore, Zuma wants the NPA to be held accountable for public funds he alleges the NPA used to pursue the case.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zuma also said he 'spy-tapes' indicate that the NPA was backing former president Thabo Mbeki and his ambitions while preventing his political dreams.
These 'spy tapes' consisted of transcripts of telephone conversations between the former National Director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, and former Scorpions head, Leonard McCarthy. The tapes started a court fight between Zuma, the NPA and the DA.
The DA wanted the tapes and then challenged the NPA's decision to not prosecute Zuma for corruption.
In 2017, Zuma's appeal was lost and he had to convince NDPP Shaun Abrahams that he shouldn't be prosecuted for corruption, a fight that he lost.
Now, the former president faces 16 charges that include money laundering, fraud, corruption and racketeering.
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