Former President Jacob Zuma believes private prosecution will uncover laws breached by the National Prosecuting Authority and charge real criminals.
In a letter to his legal team, Zuma expressed his gratitude for securing certificate to prosecute Advocate Billy Downer SC, in his arms deal case despite all odds.
He expressed his sincere appreciation to his legal team, which he said worked tirelessly in a hostile and toxic atmosphere under the guidance of Advocate Dali Mpofu SC and AdvocateThabani Masuku SC.
“For the first time since the beginning of this case, about 17 years ago, we have a unique opportunity to review the state’s malfeasance in maliciously charging me for the famous “arms deal” case,”said Zuma.
Zuma maintained that the charges are primarily intended to conceal the true culprits and beneficiaries of the Arms Procurement Program.
Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe was convinced that his colleagues had broken a law and the NPA Act when he struck this case off the roll.
According to Zuma, Mpshe did not prosecute because he was convinced there was no case to bring to court.
“My impression is that this case was revived by an opposition political party, which used politics to resurrect a case that had been objectively closed by the country’s head of Prosecutors, he said.
“It is evident in the “spy tapes” that politicians and investigators conspired to arrest and charge me.”
In a private prosecution, he contended, the truth would come out who benefitted from the billions in arms deals, and the real conspiracies behind this case.
The trial is expected to resume on August 1, 2022 in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, KwaZulu-Natal.
The former president faces 18 charges and 783 counts of fraud‚ corruption, money laundering, and racketeering – while Thales is facing four counts.