Former President Jacob Zuma at the Durban High Court on charges of corruption and fraud. Picture: FELIX DLANGAMANDLA/POOL
Former President Jacob Zuma at the Durban High Court on charges of corruption and fraud. Picture: FELIX DLANGAMANDLA/POOL

Former president Jacob Zuma says his prosecution for corruption has been defined by political manipulation, undue delay and "blatant prosecutorial bias" — all designed "to prejudice me and declare me synonymous with crime and corruption".

In a nearly 300-page affidavit filed on Friday in the high court in Pietermaritzburg, towards a stay of prosecution on charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to the multibillion-rand arms deal, Zuma accuses the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of multiple acts of misconduct and bias — including deliberately failing to put him on trial with his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was convicted of corrupting him.

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