Former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have demanded that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) disclose whether the judge who had been presiding over Zuma’s criminal trial was himself the subject of investigation by the Hawks. The claims by Zuma’s lawyers, just a week before they argue his application for a permanent stay of prosecution, have already created a palpable sense of drama around that crucial hearing. They arguably provide a strong indication that the former president and his lawyers are distrustful of the reasons given for KwaZulu-Natal deputy judge president Mjabuliseni Madondo’s exit from the bench. In a letter dated May 10 and written to former KwaZulu-Natal prosecutions boss Moipone Noko, Zuma’s lawyers said it had come to their attention that Madondo “may have been the subject of intimidation and/or attempts to prosecute him” while he was presiding over the former president’s criminal trial. Noko has since been moved to the North West province. The lawyers as...

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