Oh, Zuma, go to trial already!

We’ve previously told you how former President Jacob Zuma has been angling to get the lead prosecutor on his arms deal case ousted by questioning his impartiality. It’s all part of Zuma’s exhausting “Stalingrad” tactic – using legal technicalities to delay his day in court. Well, he once again lost a special plea to have advocate Billy Downer removed from his trial, after trying to get leave to appeal the judge’s previous decision. That was in October 2021, when Judge Piet Koen dismissed Zuma’s request to have Downer removed from the case. 

Judge Koen affirmed his decision yesterday at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court, saying Zuma’s attempt to appeal was “frivolous”, “absurd” and “devoid of any prospects of success”. 🙄 Koen, along with much of the rest of SA, thinks it’ll just delay justice. Zuma’s foundation has naturally decried the judgment; it believes Downer, who has been on the long-delayed case for years, is biased. But justice is slowly winning. As Judge Koen said, Zuma can appeal this decision – he’ll just have to undergo the trial first. It’s set to start on 11 April. We’ll believe it when it happens!😆

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 17 February 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.