The judgment of the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, which set aside the removal of previous National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana, was the most scathing commentary yet by the judiciary on the credibility of President Jacob Zuma and his suitability to be president. A full bench of the court, in a judgment read out by Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, stripped Zuma of a key presidential power — to appoint the prosecutions chief — as he had too deep a conflict of interest due to the 18 possible charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering he is facing. The charges had been dropped by former NDPP Mokotedi Mpshe in 2009. The bench said the president had already told the Supreme Court of Appeal that he had every intention to use the processes available to him to resist prosecution. The court also reviewed and set aside the appointment of current NDPP Shaun Abrahams. It found that as Zuma was in a conflict of interest he could have nothing to do...

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