14 September 2017

South Africa: Zuma May Yet Get His Day in Court - but Don't Underestimate the Chess Master


On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Appeal needed less than four hours to conclude its hearings. The case at hand: President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority's appeal against a lower court's judgment that the decision to drop Zuma's corruption charges was irrational. As it turned out, pretty much everybody in the courtroom was on the same page, agreeing that the decision to drop the charges was incorrect. This consensus means that the Supreme Court will now almost certainly dismiss Zuma's and the NPA's appeal, meaning that corruption charges will be reinstated against Zuma. So what's the plan on the part of Zuma's wily legal counsel? By REBECCA DAVIS.

"This is not a battle where you send a champion out and have a little fight and that's it - this is more like Stalingrad," Zuma's advocate Kemp J Kemp once said about President Jacob Zuma's team's approach to corruption charges against him. "We will fight them in every room, in every street, in every house."

On Thursday the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) provided a stage for what this combative policy ends up looking like in practice. Having pursued their attempt to have corruption charges against President Zuma dropped,...

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