Zuma's legal team furious after NPA missed deadline in corruption case

Zuma's legal team furious after NPA missed deadline in corruption case

The National Prosecuting Authority left Jacob Zuma's lawyers furious after it missed the deadline on which it had to explain why Zuma must go on trial for corruption. The NPA informed Zuma's lawyer it needs until 11 March.

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The NPA was supposed to file an answer to the former president's application for a permanent stay of prosecution but missed the deadline of Friday, 1 March.

Zuma's attorney, Daniel Manthsa received a letter on the 21st of February that informed him that the NPA needs until the 11th of March.

Zuma is insisting that the case against him has been affected by different irregular ongoings and political interference.

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Zuma also argues that the case should be halted because of the NPA's delays, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

Zuma's application is reportedly thousands of pages thick, but prosecutor Billy Downer was confident that the NPA would be able to respond within a month.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the NPA has not explained yet why it missed its deadline. It has filed an application to get more documents from Zuma.

These 17 documents include the former president's answers to the authority about aspects of the corruption investigation, letters from the Scorpions to Zuma's legal team, media reports, and the NPA's response to a letter Zuma's lawyer sent to prosecutors in 2003.

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The former president's legal eagles insist the NPA already have the documents that they want. They feel the NPA have known for 10 years what the case is about and that they are simply attempting to buy themselves some time.

Clearly, your letter accusing us of not furnishing you with the right index or annexures was nothing but a way to buy yourselves time.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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