Former president Jacob Zuma has agreed to retract accusations that the lead prosecutor in his corruption case hates him and longs for the days of apartheid. This comes with his application to have the charges against him permanently withdrawn.
Ex-president Jacob Zuma has decided to retract accusations made against the lead prosecutor in his corruption case, Billy Downer.
Zuma had alleged that Downer was a liar, driven by hatred to the extent that he could no longer be objective in the matter. Most notably, the ANC politician had accused the advocate of being nostalgic for apartheid-era prosecutions.
BusinessLIVE reports that Downer had approached the Pietermaritburg High Court to remove over a dozen 'scandalous' statements Zuma had made against him:
“First, without any substantiation, Zuma alleges that I hate him … I am blinded by an obsession with his conviction … I seem nostalgic about the manner in which apartheid prosecutions authorities deal with those they considered guilty or undesirable … and persons within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) may have apartheid withdrawal symptoms."
Downer had claimed that the 'state is prejudiced' by parts of Zuma's application, which is his last attempt to prevent his corruption trial from going forward.
The advocate had argued that the claims were untrue and defamatory in nature, necessitating their removal. He had also requested the court to order Zuma to pay the legal costs of his application, but no settlement has been reached in this regard.
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