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SCA dismisses Zuma's spy tapes appeal with costs

SCA dismisses Zuma's spy tapes appeal with costs

The ruling is around Zuma's and the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) appeal to the court to overturn the High Court's decision, which found that the 2009 decision by acting prosecutions head Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the 783 counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering, was irrational.

The judgment was handed down in Bloemfontein on Friday morning.

The SCA made the decision on Friday which could see Zuma facing the 783 counts on 18 charges which were dropped in 2009.

He said the picture that emerged was one in which Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Willie Hofmeyr and Mpshe were "straining to find justification" for discontinuing the prosecution.

Leach had scathing words for Mpshe's decision, rubbishing his claims that former head of the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, manipulated the timing of Zuma's indictment.

Justice Eric Leach granted Zuma and the NPA's leave to appeal, but the appeal was dismissed with costs.




It was also not immediately clear if Zuma would approach the Constitutional Court to try to set aside the Supreme Court's ruling.

Zuma wanted the opportunity to make fresh representations before the NPA made a decision to recharge him.

Zuma's prosecution was discontinued by Mpshe based on the infamous "spy tapes".

President Jacob Zuma's fate now rests in the hands of the National Prosecuting Authority and its boss Shaun Abrahams.

Legal expert James Grant reaffirmed Roux's sentiments, saying the decision on whether to prosecute Zuma falls in the court of the NPA and the Director of Public Prosecutions. The opposition Democratic Alliance asked the court to order holding an immediate trial.


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