After more than eight years of legal battles, President Jacob Zuma should know on Friday whether he must face 783 corruption charges and if so how soon. The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to dismiss the appeal by Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) application for leave to appeal against the ruling by the High Court in Pretoria that the charges be reinstated. In the course of the appeal, Zuma made a stunning last-minute concession that the 2009 decision to drop the charges was irrational. Zuma wants an opportunity to make fresh submissions to NPA head Shaun Abrahams. This could delay the case further and put the decision on whether he is to face the charges in the hands of Abrahams, whom many regard as bent on protecting Zuma. Zuma’s argument is that if the decision to drop the charges was irrational, someone should now make a rational decision. His counsel, Kemp J Kemp, asked the Supreme Court of Appeal last month to direct the NPA on what should follow from a pr...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now