After nearly two decades and multiple court cases, former president Jacob Zuma will face off with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in a crucial legal battle to determine whether he will finally face the corruption case against him — a case the state says is “very strong”. While Zuma argues that he has suffered the worst victimisation in the history of democratic SA at the hands of the NPA, the state contends that his application for a permanent stay of his corruption prosecution is just the latest battle in his “Stalingrad” campaign to avoid “at all cost” having to answer to the criminal charges against him.  Opposing versions

Three judges sitting at the Pietermaritzburg High Court will evaluate these two very different accounts of the prosecution of Zuma and Thales, the French arms company accused of bribing him for “political protection” from any potential inquiry into the multibillion-rand arms deal, and decide which comes closest to the truth. Crucially, ...

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