Former president Jacob Zuma, who faces the prospect of spending the next 25 years behind bars, has accused the lead prosecutor in his corruption case of being driven by “hatred” towards him. Zuma, echoing his usual refrain against the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it was pursuing him with “callousness and recklessness”. “As a result of the manner in which the NPA has determined to prosecute me and conducted the prosecution, my rights to a fair trial have been significantly infringed,” he states in court papers filed on Monday at the Durban high court. Zuma is fighting for a permanent stay of the corruption, fraud, racketeering and tax evasion case against him, which has its genesis in events that played out in the late 1990s. In his final affidavit to court, Zuma argues that the NPA — which for years argued that political meddling had forced it to withdraw all charges against him — was contradicting itself by now arguing that he must face charges, and that this alleged i...

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