Court defeat means Jacob Zuma is running out of road

Court defeat means Jacob Zuma is running out of road

Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) were appealing against the High Court ruling, made in April 2016.

The SCA was now ready to give its verdict after Zuma and the NPA conceded that former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe's decision not to prosecute him for corruption charges was irrational.

"The reasons for discontinuing the prosecution given... do not bear scrutiny", said Supreme Court judge Eric Leach who read the ruling.

The case was scrapped a month before Zuma, 75, became president in 2009 after recorded phone calls indicated the investigator's actions may have been politically motivated.

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Handing down judgment on Friday, Justice Leach pointed to a number of ways in which Mpshe's decision was irrational - including the fact that the prosecution team had been excluded from the decision.

The court on Friday didn't immediately release its detailed judgment or indicate its response to a request by the opposition Democratic Alliance for it to order that the case should proceed immediately. Zuma's counsel Kemp J Kemp SC hinted that their next move would be to approach the NPA to once again consider Zuma's representations. In April a year ago, the North Gauteng High Court ordered that Zuma must face all the charges.

Kemp said that if the SCA finds that Mpshe did not make a rational decision, then someone would have to make a rational decision on that basis.

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