SCA rejects Zuma's spy tapes appeal

SCA rejects Zuma's spy tapes appeal

Zuma had lodged a challenge at the court in Bloemfontein after a lower court decided in 2016 to reinstate the charges that were previously discontinued by prosecutors.

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed a bid by President Jacob Zuma to appeal against a previous ruling that he could face 783 corruption-related charges.

On 14 September, the SCA reserved judgment after Zuma's lawyers admitted that the quashing of hundreds of criminal charges against him was "irrational".

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

The case was scrapped a month before Zuma, 75, became president in 2009 after recorded phone calls indicated the investigator's actions may have been politically motivated.

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The court was again strident in its criticism of the NPA, saying the timing of the indictment was irrelevant to the merits of the case against Zuma.

Advocate Kemp J Kemp, counsel for Zuma, made the same concession.

The Supreme Court of Appeal has rejected, with costs, President Jacob Zuma's appeal in his long running battle to avoid prosecution for fraud and corruption.

"Let's take it a step further - in other words, they made an irrational decision?"

Kemp said that if the SCA finds that Mpshe did not make a rational decision, then someone would have to make a rational decision on that basis.

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