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South Africa’s Zuma granted further delay in corruption trial

South Africa’s Zuma granted further delay in corruption trial

 A South African court granted a further delay in former president Jacob Zuma's arms deal corruption trial, pending the outcome of his latest attempt to have the lead prosecutor taken off the long-running case. Zuma, ousted as head of state in 2018 after nine years in power, has pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering over a $2 billion arms deal in the 1990s. He alleges the lead prosecutor is biased against him, but the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) have so far rejected his attempts to have the prosecutor replaced. Pietermaritzburg High…
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Arms Deal: Zuma  goes for private prosecution

Arms Deal: Zuma  goes for private prosecution

FORMER South African President Jacob Zuma is pursuing private prosecution proceedings to remove the lead prosecutor in an arms deal corruption trial after failed legal challenges, his foundation said on Sunday. Last month the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) torpedoed Zuma's latest bid to have lead prosecutor Billy Downer taken off the case after accusing him of bias and leaking confidential information to a journalist in contravention of the national prosecution act, among other complaints. The SCA dismissed the application for leave to appeal on the grounds that there is no reasonable prospect of success and there is no other…
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Date set for Zuma’s Constitutional Court hearing

Date set for Zuma’s Constitutional Court hearing

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SOUTH Africa’s highest court - the Constitutional Court - will hear the case against the country’s former president Jacob Zuma on March 25. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the judicial commission into state capture, theft and corruption, approached the Constitutional Court on an urgent basis, to convict Zuma of contempt and impose a two year prison sentence on him. The Constitutional Court yesterday issued directions in terms of which Zuma has until March 8 to file a response to the case made by the Zondo Commission.  The commission approached the court after Zuma ignored its…
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Ex-president Zuma’s foundation attacks Deputy Judge President

Ex-president Zuma’s foundation attacks Deputy Judge President

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE Jacob Zuma Foundation (JZF) has launched a scathing and unprecedented attack on the second most senior judge in South Africa. The foundation has attacked Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo, chair of a judicial commission of inquiry into the capture of the state by corrupt individuals, civil servants and politicians, accusing him of, among others, bias and obsession. The JZF was reacting to the tough stance taken by Zondo who on Friday said he would hear an application to issue summons against Zuma and said the dates for his appearance before the commission were not negotiable. The…
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Dudu Myeni to face criminal charges for unmasking protected witness

Dudu Myeni to face criminal charges for unmasking protected witness

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER DUDU Myeni, businesswoman and chair of the Jacob Zuma Foundation is to be charged for disclosing the identity of a witness who had been granted anonymity by the judicial commission into state capture. Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo, the commission’s chair, announced today that he had instructed his legal team to lay a criminal complaint against Myeni, the former chairperson of South African Airways. The police will be asked to investigate a possible violation, by Myeni, of the commission’s act and regulations.s During her appearance before the commission, revealed the identity of Mr X and was asked…
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South Africa sliding towards a “constitutional dictatorship”, warns ex-president Zuma

South Africa sliding towards a “constitutional dictatorship”, warns ex-president Zuma

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER JACOB Zuma, the former South African president, has again attacked the country’s courts, warning that SA was heading towards a “constitutional dictatorship”. In a statement issued days after the Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, dismissed his application to have his 15 month sentence set aside, Zuma repeated his attack on the judiciary, including his belief that the courts were out to get him In a majority judgment, the Constitutional Court rejected Zuma’s rescission application, describing it , among others, as “litigious skullduggery”. Zuma intends to take his case to the African Court on Human and People’s…
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Zuma heads for Arusha, in search of justice

Zuma heads for Arusha, in search of justice

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FORMER South African president Jacob Zuma is taking his fight for justice beyond the border of the country. Hours after the attempt to get Zuma’s 15-month jail sentence rescinded by the Constitutional Court, the JG Zuma Foundation announced that he would approach the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACPHPR) for relief. “H.E Prez Zuma has been in consultation with his legal team on various recent developments.He has given his lawyers instructions to take the legalisation of detention without trial by Acting Chief Justice Zondo & the ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples…
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