Prosecutors analyzing former president Jacob Zuma’s representations to keep away from his day in court have suggested that all charges against him be reestablish.City Press has dependably learnt that a group of five senior prosecutors consistently suggested on Friday that Zuma confront all charges that were already pulled back against him.They are accepted to have marked an update which was given to National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams on Friday, illuminating him of their proposals.
Zuma is relied upon to confront 18 charges of debasement, tax evasion and racketeering, beginning from 783 faulty installments he got. This could be the first of a few fights in court looked by Zuma who was as of late constrained by the ANC to leave. He is relied upon to be the focal point of an up and coming commission of investigation into state catch.
Since Wednesday the team of prosecutors has been working around the clock, putting together an indictment detailing the charges that Zuma and his co-accused will finally face after years of protracted legal argument. Sources within the security cluster said although there were several disagreements and squabbles over who should remain part of the team that would prosecute Zuma, they all agreed he failed to make a compelling argument to have his charges dropped.
“There is no turning back. Zuma has to have his day in court. I cannot imagine Abrahams ignoring the recommendations of five prosecutors he appointed to guide him with this decision,” said an NPA insider.“In fact, KwaZulu-Natal prosecutions boss Moipone Noko insisted in December that Zuma should have appeared in court 14 days after the court ruled the decision to drop the charges was irrational.“She [Noko] was overruled by her boss Shaun Abrahams who wanted to give Zuma another chance to make representations,” said a prosecutor privy to the details.Noko could not be reached for comment.Sources said Zuma and other parties involved in the matter will be informed first, after which a public announcement will be made of the decision.
Security cluster sources told City Press that Zuma will be joined by two co-accused, including representatives of Thint holdings (Southern Africa) Pty Ltd and Thint (Pty) Ltd, from whom he allegedly received bribes. Zuma’s first court appearance and a trial date have yet to be determined. City Press has learnt that Zuma will be accused number one in the case, followed by the companies, when he appears before the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.
His co-accused will each face one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption and one of money laundering for allegedly paying the former president bribes in return for protection from investigations into contracts relating to the multimillion-rand arms deal.
City Press reported three weeks ago that Thint – now Thales – was approached by lead arms deal investigator Colonel Johan du Plooy who informed Thales’ South African chief executive Bijou Kanje that the company in Midrand had to nominate someone to join Zuma in the dock. Sources said Zuma’s voluminous submissions had failed to convince prosecutors that the charges should be withdrawn.
The official said: “The summary of his representations was that he was innocent and he questioned the timing of the charges saying the NPA failed to prosecute him a long time ago.”
City Press has learnt that the prosecution team will be led by Noko and advocates Lungi Mahlati SC, Billy Downer SC (who was his original prosecutor), Raymond Mathenjwa and Alnicia Coetzee.
Hawks head Yolisa Matakata told City Press this week that all evidence for the case remained intact and had been handed to the NPA.
“We have located witnesses and have done our part,” she said.
However, Abrahams must still attend to his own case after the Pretoria High Court declared his post vacant in December. The court found that he sided with Zuma and showed bias.
The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution asked for that Abrahams make an endeavor to the Constitutional Court that he would not take a choice with respect to Zuma’s future under the steady gaze of the court administered on the position Abrahams involved after previous arraignments head Mxolisi Nxasana left office.
The Constitutional Court is set to hear the affirmation application on Wednesday. Until at that point, Abrahams may not choose Zuma’s destiny. The first body of evidence against Zuma was pulled back in April 2009 preceding he progressed toward becoming president. The state plans calling no less than 218 witnesses. In October a year ago the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) put aside the choice by previous arraignments manager Mokotedi Mpshe to pull back Zuma’s case, calling it “unwarranted”.
Despite the fact that the decision consequently reestablish the charges against Zuma, Abrahams enabled Zuma one final opportunity to clarify why he ought not be charged once more.