JZ misses dead­line to stop pros­e­cu­tion

Hul­ley must pay back money – EFF

Sowetan - - News - By Karyn Maughan – TimesLIVE

For­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has missed his own dead­line to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion that he face pros­e­cu­tion over cor­rup­tion charges.

Zuma’s fail­ure to meet yes­ter­day’s dead­line comes as the EFF turned up the heat on his lawyers by de­mand­ing at­tor­ney Michael Hul­ley be or­dered to pay back mil­lions in tax­pay­ers’ money al­ready spent on Zuma’s le­gal fees.

EFF leader Julius Malema said the party was chal­leng­ing a de­ci­sion by the State At­tor­ney “to pay un­lim­ited amounts of pub­lic money to a pri­vate at­tor­neys’ firm to per­form and pro­cure le­gal and re­lated ser­vices for a politi­cian fac­ing charges of cor­rup­tion and other charges”.

“It has emerged that pay­ments in ex­cess of R32-mil­lion have been made so far‚ and more pay­ments are ex­pected to be made in the fu­ture‚” Malema said.

He said it was ap­par­ent that the charges Zuma stood ac­cused of had noth­ing to do with his of­fi­cial func­tions and‚ there­fore‚ he wasn’t en­ti­tled to state fund­ing of his de­fence.

Malema fur­ther ar­gued that Zuma’s mul­ti­mil­lion-rand le­gal fund­ing vi­o­lated the prin­ci­ple of equal­ity be­fore the law‚ as or­di­nary peo­ple would never have been able to spend 12 years fight­ing the state with un­lim­ited tax­pay­ers’ money.

The National Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity has con­firmed that Zuma’s lawyers did not meet their own dead­line to file a re­view of National Direc­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Shaun Abra­hams’ de­ci­sion to pur­sue the cor­rup­tion case against the for­mer pres­i­dent.

Zuma’s le­gal team in­di­cated that they would chal­lenge Abra­hams’ de­ci­sion on the ba­sis that it was ir­ra­tional and un­law­ful, but they still had not done so be­fore the dead­line.

The EFF is now seek­ing an or­der that both Zuma and Hul­ley pay back the money spent on the for­mer pres­i­dent’s le­gal costs within six months – plus in­ter­est.

/TE­BOGO LETSIE

Ja­cob Zuma’s lawyers failed to chal­lenge Shaun Abra­hams’ de­ci­sion to charge him.

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