Abrahams treating Zuma decision as a matter of urgency

Abrahams treating Zuma decision as a matter of urgency

- NPA boss Shaun Abrahams is treating the decision on whether or not to prosecute Jacob Zuma on fraud charges as a top priority

- Abrahams is expected to announce his decision before the end of the month

- The NPA’s team has until Friday to submit its recommendation about the case to Abrahams

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National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams is treating the decision whether or not to prosecute former president Jacob Zuma as a top priority.

Abrahams is expected to announce his decision on the matter before the end of this month. The team handling the matter has been given until this Friday to make their recommendations to Abrahams.

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Zuma submitted his representations on why the NPA should not prosecute him on 783 charges of corruption and fraud at the end of January. This after the Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a 2009 decision by the NPA not to prosecute Zuma was illegal.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the team handling the matter includes Billy Downer, who was the original prosecutor in the matter. Downer reportedly disagreed with the 2009 decision because he felt the state did have a strong case against Zuma.

Abrahams has already informed Zuma that more than 200 witnesses had been located and indicated that they would be willing and able to testify in court.

According to the NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku, Abrahams wants a speedy resolution to this matter because the matter has historically been dragged out.

Meanwhile, Zuma could face more charges, the NPA is currently looking at reinstating corruption charges related to the arms deal. The team looking into those charges are yet to make their submissions to Abrahams.

The ANC is also said to be looking at disciplining Zuma for his conduct after the NEC decided to recall him from office.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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