While the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has remained mum on whether or not it will heed recommendations to prosecute former President Jacob Zuma, it is believed head of the NPA will have to make a very specific decision soon in order to hang on to his job.
Zuma submitted his representations on why he should not have his day in court at the end of last month and the State arm has announced a decision will be made by month-end.
Amid calls for new President Cyril Ramaphosa to axe Abrahams and begin purging the remnants of the Zuma cohorts, the pressure has been placed on the NPA to begin looking into applications made as far back as 2009 surrounding the Zuma’s fraud and corruption charges.
The NPA announced last week that advocate Shaun Abrahams has set a deadline for this Friday for the team handling the case against former president Jacob Zuma to submit its recommendations.
Abrahams told Zuma in correspondence sent to him last year that more than 200 witnesses had been located and have expressed their availability to testify if needed.
The team assigned to consider the former president’s representations includes the prosecutor originally assigned to the case, Billy Downer.
Downer strongly opposed the decision in 2009 to withdrew the charges against Zuma, believing that the State had a strong case against him.
The NPA says that Abrahams is treating this case as a matter of urgency and it’s understood that Zuma will know by the end if this month whether he’ll finally have his day in court.