Anna Majavu and Sapa

Anna Majavu and Sapa

Cosatu has threatened to take millions of its supporters to the streets if the national prosecuting authority (NPA) challenges the decision by the Pietermaritzburg high court that the move to re-charge ANC president Jacob Zuma was invalid.

Cosatu's KwaZulu-Natal secretary, Zet Luzipho, yesterday said the decision by the NPA to appeal against the ruling was a "declaration of war against our people".

Luzipho said Cosatu members would go on strike every time Zuma appears in court for the appeal.

The NPA announced yesterday that it would appeal against Judge Chris Nicholson's ruling.

"There is a political force driving the NPA to make Zuma's ascendancy to the Union Buildings as difficult and unpleasant as possible," said SACP spokesman Malesela Maleka.

He said the NPA was "emotionally and politically attached to finding Zuma guilty and was prepared to pursue him at all costs".

NPA spokesman Tladi Tladi, pictured, said they decided to appeal the decision because they were confident of a successful outcome.

Opposition parties have welcomed the NPA decision, saying Zuma still had to defend himself in court.

"No one is above the law," said IFP MP Koos van der Merwe.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said the NPA's mandate was to prosecute without fear or favour.