Jacob Zuma leave to appeal case: Lawyer Dali Mpofu claims improper treatment for former president

  • Lawyer Dali Mpofu has accused the court of failing to follow due process during court appearances for former President Jacob Zuma
  • Mpofu made explicit reference to how Zuma’s petition for leave to appeal was filed and the former president’s treatment by the Constitutional Court
  • Some South Africans expressed support for Zuma, while others believed he was guilty and should be brought to justice.

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PIETERMARITZBURG — Jacob Zuma and his legal team have accused the Pietermaritzburg High Court of treating the former president improperly. Lawyer Dali Mpofu is one of the members of Zuma’s legal counsel who made these statements.

Mpofu argues that the court failed to properly follow due process when filing the application for leave to appeal. He said that in his experience he had not witnessed a request being carried out the way the court had.

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Jacob Zuma, lawyer Dali Mpofu, former President Zuma, court, Pietermartizburg, leave to appeal, Billy Downer
Lawyer Dali Mpofu claims that Jacob Zuma is being treated improperly by the court. Image: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP via Getty Images and ROGAN WARD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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Mpofu’s claims and the reasoning behind them

According to EWNJacob Zuma’s legal team, led by Mpofu, has pledged to have Billy Downer, a senior prosecutor, removed from the case over allegations that he leaked confidential information regarding the former’s health President.

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Judge Piet Koen’s refusal to remove Downer from the case has fueled Mpofu’s belief that Zuma is not being treated properly by the court. Furthermore, the lawyer said that the Constitutional Court should not have imposed a prison sentence on Zuma without granting him a trial, SABC News reports.

“It is tantamount to saying that we are all equal before the law. It is impossible for us to show or say that we are equal before the law by treating a particular individual differently from all others. That is simply not true,” said Mpofu.

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Reactions to Mpofu’s arguments in the Zuma case

@keithspeacock believes:

“What President Zuma believes and the law are not always the same thing, especially when it comes to his attempts to avoid the charges against him.”

@t_ongum asked:

“How many cases of the same nature as his have you seen? »

@AmukelaniMoyani remarked:

“@AdvDali_Mpofu is an emotional wreck, Zuma should have a better lawyer.”

@SirgrenN said:

“He uses delaying tactics, whatever your age, justice must take its course.”

@Thuthu_Zuma shared:

“A congressman. A freedom fighter. A president. An executive of the movement. We always stand with him against unjust and relentless persecution and harassment. One day, history will prove you right.”

Jacob Zuma vs. Billy Downer: Leave to appeal case continues in Pietermaritzburg

In previous news on this case, In brief News reported that today (January 31) Jacob Zuma returned to Pietermaritzburg High Court to pursue his leave to appeal to dismiss a special plea for attorney Billy Downer to withdraw from his case for having allegedly leaked the former president’s medical records.

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Zuma previously requested that Downer be removed from the case, which was seen as a method to delay his trial. The former president is notably accused of corruption and accepting bribes.

More than 500 Zuma supporters are expected to gather outside the court during today’s proceedings, but they are not marching or protesting. They will come together to show their support for Zuma.

Source: News in Brief


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