President Jacob Zuma must now be charged with fraud and corruption. This is the net effect of the judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Friday, who dismissed the National Prosecuting Authority and Zuma's appeal with costs.
In a succinct judgment, SCA dismissed Zuma and NPA's appeal with costs (to the taxpayer). NPA now has to reinstate charges. #SpyTapes— HuffPost SouthAfrica (@HuffPostSA) October 13, 2017
And this was the kicker: Mokotedu Mpshe excluded the prosecuting team when he took the decision to drop charges in 2009. The court did not take kindly to that.
#SpyTapes Leach: the exclusion of the prosecution team in the final decision to withdraw the case was in itself irrational. BB— Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) October 13, 2017
Zuma's defenders always contended that there were ulterior motives in the prosecution of the now-president. This even led to the famous "recall" of former president Thabo Mbeki. The court says the motive doesn't matter if there's a case to answer.
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Reaction even before the judgment was delivered.
BREAKING #SpyTapes - Zuma and NPA appeal dismissed. High Court order setting aside prosecution stands. BB— Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) October 13, 2017
BREAKING: SCA rules that decision to withdraw 18 charges of corruption and fraud against Pres Zuma was irrational. @News24— Adriaan Basson (@AdriaanBasson) October 13, 2017