The National Prosecuting Authority has claimed that there is no evidence to support Jacob Zuma's claim that prosecution against him was politically-motivated. Further to this, the NPA says that the former president cannot claim that the delay in prosecution was a violation of his rights, as it had been of his own doing.
The NPA has told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that there is not a shred of evidence to support Jacob Zuma's claim that corruption charges against him are politically-motivated.
This was one of the two themes covered by the entity's advocate, Wim Trengove, today in the application brought forward by the former president to have the case thrown out, reports Eyewitness News.
As far as French arms company, Thales, is concerned, Trengrove promised to submit more details:
“We will submit information about the dishonest way they escaped prosecution with Mr (Schabir) Shaik. This is important.”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the company stands accused of paying the former president a R500 000 bribe, facilitated by Schabir Shaik, in exchange for his political influence.
The NPA further argues that Zuma is solely to blame for the 15-year delay in prosecution, with Trengrove highlighting the exorbitant legal fees he paid in order to do so:
“We know from the Zuma fees court judgment that the cost to the taxpayer was between R16 million and R32 million. So, it was luxurious litigation over about 14 years, the effect which was to delay. All of it was ultimately unsuccessful.”
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