President Jacob Zuma’s 783 Charges: DA Pleased Zuma Will Finally Face The Law
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South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) approved a demand the Democratic Alliance (DA) party tabled concerning President Zuma’s 783 charges. And, the party is glad that the President will finally face the law for the alleged crimes.
DA requested of the court to consolidate the arguments from both the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma into a single hearing on their applications to appeal the 2016 North Gauteng High Court ruling that set aside the decision to drop the 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering against the President.
SCA agreed to the request and DA is pleased because to them, the SCA’s decision will go a long way to ensure that there are no further delays in making a final judgement on the matter. “Hearing the two appeals together will also minimize the waste of judicial resources,” the party stated.
You’ll recall that it was in April 2009 that the DA applied for a review of the decision to drop the 783 charges against President Zuma. The decision to drop President Zuma’s 783 charges was made by Mokotedi Mpshe.
Then, he was the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP). After many court cases in both the High Court and the SCA, the DA successfully got the North Gauteng High Court to set aside Mpshe’s decision. As it happened, the decision was declared invalid on the grounds that it was inspired by undue political considerations and thus, irrational.
The findings of the North Gauteng High Court made its full bench proclaim that it’s ideal for Mr Zuma to face the charges outlined in the indictment.
Commenting, DA’s Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe MP expressed that the legal battle to hold President Zuma accountable for the 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering has been ongoing for about a decade. Adding that the legal battle is still far from over, Selfe noted that SCA’s agreement to the DA’s request would hasten the process of holding Zuma accountable. “(It) brings us a step closer to ensuring justice can run its course and that Jacob Zuma will finally face up to the charges against him,” Selfe stated.