Suspense on Zuma, Downer court battle

2021-Sep-23   08:17

Suspense on Zuma, Downer court battle
Former president, Jacob Zuma, will have to wait a few weeks before hearing whether his legal team has managed to get Advocate Billy Downer removedl from prosecuting him.

- Dimakatso Genkoe

Former president, Jacob Zuma, will have to wait a few weeks before hearing whether his legal team has managed to get Advocate Billy Downer removedl from prosecuting him.

Judgment was on Wednesday reserved in the application made by Zuma to have the state prosecutor Downer removed from his fraud,  corruption and racketeering trial.

The matter will return to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on 26 October 2021. 

Zuma’s legal representative, Advocate Dali Mpofu, on Wednesday argued that Downer’s objectivity was tainted by the fact that he gave evidence in the Democratic Alliance's spy tapes case, where the party successfully challenged then acting National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head, Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision to drop the same charges against Zuma.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday Mpofu accused the NPA of being vultures, saying they sought to conduct a medical examination on the former statesman even before his own medical team had completed a medical report.

 

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