New wit­ness for Zuma case

CityPress - - News - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­

The team pur­su­ing the cor­rup­tion case against Ja­cob Zuma has asked a Pre­to­ria lawyer, who helped pro­duce ev­i­dence im­pli­cat­ing the for­mer pres­i­dent in the 1999 arms deal, to make a sworn state­ment.

Lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor Colonel Jo­han du Plooy this week ap­proached Ajay Sook­lal with the re­quest to avail him­self as a wit­ness and to make a state­ment.

Du Plooy was the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor in the cor­rup­tion case against Zuma’s for­mer fi­nan­cial ad­viser Sch­abir Shaik.

City Press has learnt that the state­ment will be ac­com­pa­nied by a con­fir­ma­tory af­fi­davit by Du Plooy, which will serve as a fore­run­ner to the oral tes­ti­mony when the trial starts later this year. Sook­lal con­firmed that the Hawks had ap­proached him. He said that in ad­di­tion to this, two non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions had asked him to tes­tify in the com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture. Sook­lal’s tes­ti­mony is key to the state’s case against Zuma, due to his in­ti­mate knowl­edge of how the bribe from French arms com­pany Thales was al­legedly paid.

Zuma and his co-ac­cused, Thales, rep­re­sented by its group head of le­gal Chris­tine Guer­rier, ap­peared in the Durban High Court on cor­rup­tion charges on Fri­day.

City Press learnt that prior to the court ap­pear­ance, Thales wrote to KwaZulu-Na­tal di­rec­tor of public prose­cu­tions Moipone Noko to ask that the charges against the com­pany be with­drawn. They asked her to al­low the com­pany to jus­tify the re­quest.


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