Earlier on Friday morning, SCA Justice Eric Leach upheld the High Court’s decision that the withdrawal of 783 charges of corruption and fraud against Zuma was irrational.
Justice Leach, who only took eight minutes to hand down his ruling, said that manner in which the case was conducted on behalf of the NPA was inexcusable.
Zuma and the NPA had asked for leave to appeal a judgment of the Gauteng North High Court last year, which ruled in favour of the Democratic Alliance (DA), setting aside the 2009 decision by the NPA’s then National Director of Public Prosecution, Mokotedi Mpshe, to discontinue the corruption case against Zuma.
The court held that Mpshe’s decision was irrational.
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. He also ruled that the NPA and Zuma must jointly pay the costs of the appeal as well as three legal counsel for the DA.
The ANC said it “has full confidence in our judiciary and the options it offers to all aggrieved parties. Accordingly, the ANC will study the judgment and await further decisions from the affected parties before making a comprehensive statement on this matter”.
– African News Agency (ANA)