SABC News - D-Day for Spy Tapes verdict:Thursday 12 October 2017

D-Day for Spy Tapes verdict

Thursday 12 October 2017 21:55

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President Jacob Zuma’s fate hangs in the balance as the Supreme Cout of Appeals decides on whether charges against him should be reinstated.

President Jacob Zuma’s fate hangs in the balance as the Supreme Cout of Appeals decides on whether charges against him should be reinstated. (REUTERS)

President Jacob Zuma will hear on Friday whether the 783 corruption charges against him must be reinstated.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hand down judgement in the so-called spy-tapes saga, after President Zuma and the NPA tried to appeal the High Court ruling that the charges must be reinstated.

The charges were dropped in 2009 by then National Prosecuting Authority Head Mkotedi Mpshe after listening to recordings of former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy and ex Prosecutions boss Bulelani Ngcuka discussing the timing of serving the indictment.

The appeal application was set down for two days, but within 3 hours, arguments were over. And now, a month later, judgement will be handed down.

The swiftness could be argued is due to concessions, including that the wrong doctrine was used to drop the charges.

President Zuma's counsel also conceded that in effect, that decision was irrational.

The Court will have to tread carefully on the separation of powers.

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