Jacob Zuma feels that the National Prosecuting Authority has treated him unfairly and undermined his rights to the extent that he likened the entity to the apartheid regime. Addressing supporters outside of court yesterday, the former president condemned the NPA for the treatment he claims to have suffered at their hands.
Ex-president Jacob Zuma feels that the treatment he received from the National Prosecuting Authority was so unjust and undermining that he likened it to the apartheid regime.
Addressing supporters outside of the Pietermaritzburg High Court, where his legal representatives are arguing to have his corruption case dismissed, Zuma commented that:
“During apartheid, when you were arrested, you’d be kicked around or killed. The rights of people were not respected.”
This comes as the politician's legal team heavily rely on attacking the credibility of the NPA, which they say has delayed the case for the last 15 years to tarnish Zuma's name, reports Eyewitness News.
Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, Zuma's representative, commented on the matter, saying that Zuma has been suffering deliberate sabotage:
“The manner in which they have dealt with Mr Zuma, I call it the mob justice. It’s driven and inspired by something all of us in this room have; it’s bias.”
Sikhakhane argued that former NPA head, Bulelani Ngcuka, had violated the Constitution when he discussed when to charge the former president with Scorpions head at the time, Leonard McCarthy, which had been revealed by the infamous spy tapes.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Sikhakhane claimed it was not a question of Zuma's guilt in this matter, but rather a question of if the NPA had handled the issue in the correct manner.
Today, the court will be hearing from French arms company, Thales, who has been accused of bribing Zuma.
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