Will South African President Jacob Zuma be prosecuted for a bribe case in 1999? The court is considering a possibility of reinstatement of the case against him.
The Supreme Court of Bloemfontein has two days to study a case by Jacob Zuma that dates back to 1999. On the sidelines of a major armament contract, the Supreme Court will determine whether or not it can reinstate prosecutions for corruption against the South African president.
According to law professor Steve Tuson, ” If the court decides against him (Zuma), he has another appeal at his disposal to the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court was recently established before the apex court, the highest court of our country on all matters. Previously, the court had ruled on constitutional issues. If Mr. Zuma fails before the Constitutional Court, then the charges are automatically reinstated and he should be prosecuted for these charges . ”
Justice had previously canceled 783 counts of corruption, tax evasion and substantive extortion against Jacob Zuma, for lack of evidence. Full of twists and turns, this serial politico-judicial has been breathing South Africa since 1999.
” There was a decision to prosecute Jacob Zuma, he should have been sued at the time, ” says James Selfe, representative of the Democratic Alliance (DA). ” It’s actually scandalous that 8 and a half years later and millions of rands of legal fees later we get to the stage where we should have been in 2007, ” he adds.
On several occasions, Jacob Zuma has gone through the cracks in the justice system of his country. If the Supreme Court renews the charges against him, the head of the South African State will have to face justice.