Back on the merry-go-round, are we? You know the drill by now: A decision gets made in court against Jacob Zuma, he contests it, the appeal usually fails, and we end up back where we were. However, Msholozi is a master of his craft – and it’s believed this latest dash to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) could buy the 79-year-old some time.
Jacob Zuma launching another appeal – but why?
On Tuesday, Judge Piet Koen ruled that Jacob Zuma had no grounds to get state prosecutor Billy Downer recused from the case, after uBaba claimed the advocate was biased against him, and blamed Downer for ‘leaking his medical records’. Koen, however, slammed these allegations as ‘baseless’ and ‘derived from hearsay’.
Following the 107-page judgment, both the defence and the state agreed on a date when the arms deal corruption trial – which heavily implicates Mr Zuma through at least 16 counts of fraud and racketeering – could actually start
Arms deal case: When is Jacob Zuma going to trial for corruption?
Proceedings are meant to get underway on 11 April 2022, at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. But Jacob Zuma and his lawyers are going for the ‘Hail Mary’, and they will now approach the SCA to overturn the ruling made this morning. According to a Tweet posted by the JGZ Foundation, Judge Koen made ‘several gross errors of law’.
“We confirm that Jacob Zuma has instructed his lawyers to appeal today’s judgment to the Supreme Court of Appeal. The Judge made several material and gross errors of law, and misdirections of fact, in interpreting Section 106 of the CP Act, which has not yet received the proper attention of our highest courts.”
‘Well, actually, today was a victory’
Meanwhile, the Zuma brood enjoyed putting their own spin on reality after the verdict. Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, the outspoken daughter of the former president, claimed that her father had actually emerged victorious in court today – because the plan was to actually ‘expose the judicicary’. Of course it was…
— Dudu Zuma-Sambudla (@DZumaSambudla) October 26, 2021