- The National Prosecuting Authority has dubbed Jacob Zuma's attempt to avoid his corruption trial 'hopeless'
- The NPA is convinced Zuma's latest appeal attempt is simply designed to delay the trial
- The body has called on the Constitutional Court to dismiss this latest effort to stop prosecution against the ex-president
'Hopeless' is the word the National Prosecuting Authority has used to describe Jacob Zuma's latest attempt to avoid his corruption trial.
The NPA has slammed the Constitutional Court bid to appeal the ruling compelling the former president to stand trial.
TimesLIVE reports that leading prosecutor Billy Downer commented in court papers that:
“What the public interest and the interests of justice now require is that Mr Zuma stand trial. The State is ready to proceed.”
The NPA feels that this is a last-ditch attempt to avoid facing charges over the Thales arms deal scandal and has urged the apex court to dismiss the appeal:
“Its real purpose and effect is to cause yet another delay in the commencement of his long-awaited trial. Preliminary litigation aimed at the delay of criminal proceedings should not be entertained."
Briefly.co.za reported that the Supreme Court of Appeal had dismissed Zuma's appeal without hearing a single argument on the matter, finding that his appeal had no reasonable chances of success.
Zuma alleged that the 15-year delay in the case against him has made it impossible for a fair trial to be conducted.
However, the NPA is adamant that the former president has provided any proof to substantiate these claims
The politician is facing allegations of accepting R500 000 a year in exchange for protecting the company, among other charges.
Downer says that this latest attempt is arguably the tenth time the former president has tried to stall the case against him.
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