- Zuma has avoided appearing in court over corruption charges for 9 years
- The NPA will decide on Friday if Zuma will face prosecution
- There is a strong case against Zuma and the NPA may face public outcry if there is no prosecution
Friday is the deadline for the NPA to recommend to prosecutions boss, Shaun Abrahams, on whether or not to reinstate charges relating to fraud and corruption against Jacob Zuma.
The former president submitted reasons why he should not face prosecution at the end of January, nine years after the original prosecution was withdrawn.
In 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi’s Mpshe’s decision to halt the case against Zuma.
Abrahams then appointed a six-member team of senior prosecutors to consider Zuma’s representations and report back to him by the end of Friday, Briefly.co.za learned.
Advocate Billy Downer, the prosecutor originally assigned to handle the case, was one of the members on the team.
In 2009, Downer strongly opposed the decision to withdraw the charges against Zuma, believing the State had a strong case against him.
Last year, Abrahams informed Zuma that more than 200 witnesses had been located and had expressed their availability to testify if needed.
With the strong public outcry and opposition parties still calling for Zuma to face prosecution, the NPA will have a difficult time ahead if they decide not to send Zuma to court.
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