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D-Day for Zuma as court is set to rule on his appeals

By unknown | Jul 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

It's d-Day for ANC president Jacob Zuma, with the Constitutional Court (Concourt) expected today to hand down judgment on two of his applications.

The applications are seen as another attempt by Zuma to weaken the case of corruption against him, which is set to be heard in the Concourt on Monday.

In March this year, Zuma, pictured, asked the Concourt to overturn an earlier decision by the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) that the Scorpions' "search and seizure" raids carried out at his homes and his lawyer's office in 2005 were lawful.

Zuma also asked the court to overturn the SCA's decision that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) be given documents seized from the Mauritius offices of Thint Ltd, a French arms company which allegedly benefitted from the government's multibillion-rand arms deal. Zuma is accused of having solicited a R500000-a-year "bribe" from Thint.

Scores of Scorpions operatives were involved in the 2005 raids, seizing about 93000 documents, which will be used as evidence in Zuma's coming corruption trial.

Zuma wants the Concourt to force the state to return these documents to him and his lawyer.

Zuma's second application to the Concourt asks the court to rule that the Durban high court had acted unlawfully in requesting that the attorney-general of Mauritius hand over documents seized in 2001 from Thint's Mauritius offices to the NPA.

The NPA already has photocopies of these documents, which they used to successfully prosecute Schabir Shaik and his companies on several counts of corruption and fraud.

Zuma's lawyers had earlier this month told Sowetan that if the NPA produced these photocopies in the trial next week, they would challenge their authenticity.


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