Former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers are taking the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to court to force them to reveal, among other things, if the authority or anyone else made payments to his rape accuser. Zuma is again attempting to prove that he is a victim of the prosecuting authorities, rather than the person responsible for hobbling its capacity to investigate serious crime. His latest move has been slammed by the prosecutor in the rape case, Charin de Beer, who said any suggestion that Fezeka (Khwezi) Khuzwayo was paid is "absolute nonsense". Khuzwayo fled overseas after Zuma was acquitted of raping her in 2006, and died in SA in 2016. Zuma’s lawyers told the NPA they needed answers about any payments made to Khuzwayo, and 38 other categories of information, because the former president "intends to bring an application for the permanent stay of the prosecution against him, based inter alia on pretrial irregularities committed by the SA Police Service and the NPA, as well ...

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