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‘JZ appeal no chance of success’

The DA has filed its answering affidavit with the Supreme Court of Appeal in the latest round of the Zuma corruption charges saga

President Jacob Zuma is seeking leave to appeal against a judgment handed down by the Pretoria High Court which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges he was facing.

James Selfe, chairman of the DA’s federal executive, said: “The DA argues that there are no reasonable prospects of success; neither are there any other compelling reasons why the appeal should be heard.

“The full bench of the Pretoria High Court fully ventilated the issues and they, too, came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful.”

Zuma has argued that it was a breach of separation of powers for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, because this was the prerogative of the NPA.

“Zuma’s reliance on claims of a political conspiracy is completely irrelevant,” Selfe said.

“Zuma has no real prospects of success, neither does he bring any new compelling reasons why the appeal should be heard,” Selfe said, adding that the DA believed the appeal was a delaying tactic so Zuma could avoid criminal charges in court.