All eyes on Bloemfontein as Supreme Court rules on spy tapes

File: The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein will on Friday hand down judgment in the spy tape saga. Photo: Pixabay / InspiredImages

JOHANNESBURG – The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein will on Friday hand down judgment in the spy tape saga.

President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are appealing a 2016 High Court judgement.

This overturned the NPA's original decision to drop nearly 800 fraud and corruption charges against the president. Last month, Zuma's legal counsel admitted the decision to withdraw the charges was irrational.

READ: Spy tapes saga: Zuma says court overstepped the mark

Defence attorney Chrispen Machingura said that after Friday’s ruling, all eyes would be on the NPA.

“The ball comes back into the court of the NPA whether to continue or discontinue,” Machingura said.

Machirunga said that in the event that the judge rejects the appeal, but the NPA chooses not to continue with prosecution, then in his opinion the only remaining remedy would be a private prosecution.

 

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