[ Inscrivez-vous ]

Newsletter, Alertes

South Africa: Top court clears way for Zuma to stand trial on corruption charges

Imprimer PDF

Cape Town, South Africa, October 13 (Infosplusgabon) - The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday rejected, with costs, President Jacob Zuma’s appeal in his long running battle to avoid prosecution on 783 charges of fraud and corruption.


Justice Eric Leach said the High Court’s judgment that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma – on the eve of the 2009 election – “cannot be faulted”.


The scandal was sparked by leaked tapes, given to the Authority as part of Zuma’s “representations” as to why he should not be prosecuted. They contained recordings of telephone conversations between the former head of the Scorpions elite crime-fighting unit and NPA head Leonard McCarthy and the former director of public prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka.


They revealed that McCarthy had consulted extensively with Ngcuka about when to indict Zuma. Zuma’s camp viewed this as political interference in the case.


The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said Friday’s judgment was a win for justice, the rule of law, and for South Africa.


DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the charges now stood and a court of law must hear this matter.  “If the President is innocent, as he proclaims, he ought to let a trial court decide on his innocence. His actions over the last decade smack of a desperate attempt to avoid this eventuality. These are the actions of a man who knows he has a lot to answer for,” he  said.


Maimane said he would be writing to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, insisting that Zuma was served with an indictment and appeared in court at the soonest available date.


“Abrahams must give us a response within 10 days. The charges have been formulated and the evidence is ready. We now await a trial date,” he added.







© Copyright Infosplusgabon

Qui est en ligne!

Nous avons 2267 invités en ligne


Liaisons Représentées:


Appel aux lecteurs et  amis d’Infosplusgabon !!

Diffusées  gratuitement  et  bénévolement  et  sans  publicité depuis  2005,  les informations  africaines de  votre agence de  presse en  ligne vous parviennent  en  quatre  langues depuis  six  mois. Aujourd’hui, pour  poursuivre notre  passion et  développer l’action  d’information d’Infosplusgabon,  nous avons  besoin de  vous.  Pour  nous aider, vous  pouvez effectuer un virement sur le compte :

NKOLO/INFOSPLUSGABON .  Banque  Internationale  pour  le Commerce  et l'Industrie du Gabon (BICIG).   Adresse Banque : Avenue du Colonel PARANT. PO Box 2241  Libreville - GABON.  CODE  IBAN : GA21 4000 1090 7340 2044 0005 477 - Code Swift : BICIGALXXXX -  Numero de  Compte 40204400054  Banque  Code Banque : 40001-  Code Agence : 09073. Clé  77.

Merci  d’avance aux  futurs contributeurs qui  répondront à  cet appel.

La  rédaction