Zuma due back in ap­peal court soon over dropped charges

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI NONI MOKATI noni.mokati@inl.co.za MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA mayibongwe.maqhina@inl.co.za Court and must be

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma is ex­pected back in the Supreme Court of Ap­peal (SCA) in the com­ing weeks to back the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity’scase­to­dropcharge­sagainst him ahead of the elec­tions in 2009.

This comes at a time that Zuma is in his fi­nal months in of­fice as leader of the ANC, and two years be­fore he com­pletes his term as pres­i­dent of the coun­try.

Zuma has been in and out of court over the cor­rup­tion-char-

Mem­bers and vet­er­ans called for him to re­sign

AF­TER spend­ing al­most 28 years in prison, po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist and for­mer Aza­nian Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army com­man­der Kenny Mot­samai says he isn’t bit­ter.

Yes­ter­day, the 54-year-old walked out of the Boks­burg Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices fa­cil­ity flanked by fel­low com­rades, his wife Man­tombi Ma­gag­ula and the con­tro­ver­sial self-pro­claimed prophet Paseka Mboro.

While he had spent the last six months vis­it­ing his wife’s home on day pa­role, as he THE SACP has launched an at­tack on ANC Women’s League pres­i­dent Batha­bile Dlamini, la­belling her com­ments as “in­tox­i­cated ut­ter­ances”.

Dlamini had taken a swipe at the SACP af­ter the party al­legedly dis­ap­proved of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the league’s pre­ferred can­di­date to take over from ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

The New Age quoted Dlamini on Mon­day as say­ing the SACP was fac­tional when it pre­vi­ously de­scribed her ges case in the last eight years since then NPA act­ing head Mokotedi Mp­she dropped the charges.

Yes­ter­day, the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion said it was wait­ing on the SCA to give it a date for oral ar­gu­ment with Zuma.

This fol­lowed the SCA’s rul­ing in Oc­to­ber that Zuma needed to file ex­tra pa­pers and present an oral ar­gu­ment in court.

The pres­i­dent is ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion of the high court in Pre­to­ria that the NPA should re­in­state the charges against him. Zuma’s spokesper­son Bon­gani Ngqu­lunga could not be reached for com­ment yes­ter­day.

The op­po­si­tion par­ties have been call­ing for Zuma to have his day in court, but the pres­i­dent has fought against the re­in­state­ment of the charges.

The Con­sti­tu­tional re­fused to hear an ap­pli­ca­tion by the NPA af­ter the high court said the charges must be re­in­stated.

The high court in Pre­to­ria ruled in Fe­bru­ary last year that the NPA’s de­ci­sion to with­draw charges was ir­ra­tional set aside.

A full bench of the high court heard the ap­pli­ca­tion be­tween Zuma and the op­po­si­tion.

Zuma was fac­ing a chal­lenge within the ANC af­ter some of the mem­bers and vet­er­ans called for him to re­sign. But he re­fused to do so, say­ing he had not done any­thing wrong.

This was af­ter for­mer pub- lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela re­leased the state cap­ture re­port.

The pres­i­dent is con­test­ing the re­port, say­ing he was go­ing to court to chal­lenge it.

At the Jan­uary 8 cel­e­bra­tions, he de­scribed An­drew Mlan­geni and Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela as the real vet­er­ans of the ANC, and not “the oth­ers”.

The two ANC stal­warts at­tended the cel­e­bra­tions in Vi­lakazi Street, Or­lando, last Fri­day where Zuma ad­dressed the crowd.

His sup­port­ers in the ANC have also backed him and said he would com­plete his term as both head of state and leader of the ANC.

The court hear­ing in the SCA will be­gin at a time when fac­tions in the ANC are at each other’s throats on who will suc­ceed him at the party’s con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

PIC­TURE: ITUME­LENG ENGLISH

MAK­ING A MEAL OF IT: Newly re­leased Kenny Mot­samai en­joys a meal at his home in Katle­hong.

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

COURT BAT­TLE: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is ex­pected in the SCA.

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