Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

S.African Supreme Court upholds reinstating corruption charges against Zuma

S.African Supreme Court upholds reinstating corruption charges against Zuma

This comes after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by the High Court that Zuma be prosecuted with 18 charges and 783 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

The NPA and Zuma had asked for leave to appeal the Gauteng High Court's decision which ruled that the setting aside of corruption charges, by then NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe, against Zuma was irrational.

On Friday, Judge Eric Leach read an excerpt of the SCA judgment, written by Judge Mahomed Navsa.

Zuma and the NPA have been ordered to pay the costs of the failed application. The full judgment is yet to be released. A trial may also coincide with campaigning ahead of a national election in 2019 and follows a Constitutional Court ruling a year ago that the president violated his oath of office by refusing to repay taxpayer funds spent on his private home.

Handing down judgment on Friday, Justice Leach pointed to a number of ways in which Mpshe's decision was irrational - including the fact that the prosecution team had been excluded from the decision, according to a report by the Mail and Guardian.

He added that, even if the court said Mpshe's decision had been irrational on further, substantive grounds, "then someone has to make a rational decision on our representations".

In April previous year, the North Gauteng High Court ordered that Zuma must face all the charges.

He said it was hard to understand why the present regime at the NPA believed the decision could be defended.

Leach had scathing words for Mpshe's decision, rubbishing his claims that former head of the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, manipulated the timing of Zuma's indictment.

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