Another blow for Zuma, as ConCourt refuses his private prosecution enforcement appeal


Former president Jacob Zuma.

Former president Jacob Zuma.

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The Constitutional Court unanimously refused to hear former president Jacob Zuma’s attempt to appeal a ruling that enforced the invalidation of his private prosecution against State advocate Billy Downer and this writer after finding his case did not engage its jurisdiction.

The apex court’s refusal to entertain Zuma’s appeal application means that the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) scathing assessment of his “hopeless” private prosecution as being a continuation of his Stalingrad strategy to avoid his corruption trial with futile applications has not been challenged.

Writing on behalf of a full bench of the SCA, Judge Nathan Ponnan said the facts demonstrated “that the private prosecution of Mr Downer is an abuse of the process of the court” because it was “instituted as a further step in a sustained attempt by Mr Zuma to obstruct, delay and prevent his criminal trial” and “to have Mr Downer removed as the prosecutor in Mr Zuma’s trial”. 

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