Jacob Zuma’s arms deal trial now hinges on his grounds for having Advocate Billy Downer recused, and his lawyers have their work cut out for them arguing that the seasoned state prosecutor must be removed from the case.

If Zuma’s lawyer, advocate Thabani Masuku SC, succeeds in having Downer recused, it will most likely put a short-term dent in the high profile trial. The state will have to appoint a new prosecutor who must grasp the detailed set of charges and extensive evidence, including 783 dubious payments...

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