- Jacob Zuma has filed for a stay of prosecution in the corruption charges against him
- He claims that the NPA has a vendetta against him, using its opportunity to take on the real looters to drag his name through the dirt instead
- Zuma claims he is the “scapegoat” that those who are truly guilty are hiding behind
Jacob Zuma, the ex-president, recently filed an affidavit regarding prosecution of his corruption case, asking for a permanent suspension of the charges. To put it simply he wants the National Prosecuting Authority to get a move on.
A 300-page application, written by Bheki Mbanjwa, was submitted on Wednesday. It equated to a drawn out critique of the NPA by Zuma. He claimed, amongst other things, that there is a vendetta against him.
According to the vexed ex-president, there has not been any concrete proof presented against him and people had taken the opportunity to drag his name through the dirt for the last 17 years.
Zuma went on to point out how the NPA has failed to produce any credible evidence showing him complicit in any of the crimes it had accused him of, dating all the way back to the Khwezi debacle.
“If there was ever a case in post-apartheid South Africa with the most grotesque violation of the rights of an accused, my prosecution is such a case,” Jacob Zuma said in his affidavit.
He went on to accuse the NPA in the way it handled his case which he deemed evidence enough that the manhunt against him had been politically motivated, starting when Thabo Mbeki fired him as Deputy President.
He placed himself above the looting scandal that he has been implicated in for more than ten years, claiming that the National Prosecutor was chasing its own tail while the ‘real’ looters enjoyed the spoils of their labour in relative peace.
“Since I was charged I have become the scapegoat for those who themselves seek to engage in sophisticated looting of the state resources while they lull society into believing that they act in its interests,”
To sum up a 300-page story, Zuma believes he has suffered unfair treatment. In a nutshell:
“if I am so guilty, why have I not been prosecuted and convicted?”
Jacob Zuma will have to wait and see what the outcome is of the application will be from the Durban High Court.
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