It has been 14 years since Jacob Zuma first appeared the dock on charges of corruption and fraud. Next week, the issue finally goes to trial. Msholozi has been claiming he wants his day in court for years – but that didn’t stop him applying for a stay of prosecution on this matter.
On Friday, judges in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg stated that it was “unreasonable” for the case to be dismissed from the courts in 2009. They firmly believe Jacob Zuma has a case to answer, as does Glynnis Breytenbach. The DA’s Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development has welcomed the judgement with open arms.
DA “thank the universe” for Jacob Zuma decision
In a brief statement sent to the media, the party stalwart expressed her gratitude to the bench who have decided to take proceedings to the next level. Breytenbach herself has been pushing for the conclusion of this case for the best part of the decade. According to her, the “arc of the moral universe” has played its part.
“The DA believes that Mr. Zuma has a case to answer. We have been at the forefront of the fight to make sure that he is not allowed to escape accountability, despite his best attempts to interfere with the workings of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).”
“We are encouraged by the ruling of the court to believe that Jacob Zuma will eventually have to face his day in court. The arc of the moral universe is often said to be long, but ultimately bending toward justice. The DA will not rest until justice has been done.” DA’s Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Glynnis Breytenbach
Msholozi faces one of the toughest months of his life
October is guaranteed to be a stressful month for the graft-accused former president. Jacob Zuma must also attend the State Capture Inquiry on Monday 21 October – just a few days after his criminal trial concludes in KZN. It promises to be a rocky few weeks for the man who once seemed unshakeable in the courts.
But his Stalingrad defence eventually hit a brick wall: The battle to hold Zuma accountable on this matter was finally won in late 2017, when the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a ruling of the High Court – overturning then-NDPP Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision to drop all charges. JZ’s first appearance in this revived case came in April 2018, and 18 months later, it looks like justice is catching up with him.