Zuma fights to overturn order

Jacob Zuma, pictured, has asked the Pretoria high court to set aside an order granting the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) permission to approach banks and solicitors in the UK as part of the investigation into the ANC deputy president, and arms company Thint.

Jacob Zuma, pictured, has asked the Pretoria high court to set aside an order granting the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) permission to approach banks and solicitors in the UK as part of the investigation into the ANC deputy president, and arms company Thint.

In an affidavit, signed last month, Zuma asks the court to set aside a judgment by Judge Ben du Plessis, who in March ratified a letter of request for international assistance from Leonard McCarthy, the head of the NDPP.

In his affidavit to the court, Zuma said he was never informed about the application and only learnt about it when a journalist approached him.

He said had he known about the application he would have opposed it.

McCarthy wants the assistance of the manager of Barclays Bank London, where the account of solicitors Berwin Leighton Paisner is held.

He also wants to approach the solicitors regarding a payment made in August 2001 from their bank account to an entity in South Africa.

"There are some indications that the payment may be linked to Thomson-Thales [Thint] and their undertaking to pay Zuma R500000 a year as a bribe," McCarthy said.

"If so, it appears the account was used to launder money to Zuma," he said.

The state has yet to file a replying affidavit and no date has been set to decide on Zuma's request. - Sapa

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