Zuma trial witness list set to be finalised by 30 November 2017

The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Advocate Shaun Abrahams, has confirmed that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has commenced its preparation towards the 783 counts of corruption, fraud and racketeering charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance said the NDPP boss Adv Shuan Abrahams has confirmed to the party that the evidence is available and ready, and the witness list set to be finalized by 30 November 2017, the date which the President was given to make the representation.

The DA said it is looking forward to a trial date being set shortly after the witness list is finalised, and we will now begin preparing for trial.

Shaun Abrahams letter to DA:

Adv Abrahams was responding to a letter DA Leader Mmusi Maimane wrote to him last week, following the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision which found that the decision to drop 783 charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering against President Jacob Zuma was irrational, and set aside. Today, Abrahams confirmed the following:

  • He has already met with the Acting Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Gen. Matakata, enquiring on the availability the relevant witnesses and the documentary evidence;
  • All the relevant evidence is still available and in the care the DPCI;
  • The availability of witnesses will be determined before 30 November 2017; and
  • If the President wishes to make any new representations on issues not previously considered, he has until 30 November 2017, and so do we.



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