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Next round in Zuma court battle

Today will be the second time Jacob Zuma and the NPA will try convince a court that criminal charges should not be reinstated against the president.

Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The Supreme Court in Bloemfontein will today hear the next round in the nine-year long legal battle to have criminal charges reinstated against President Jacob Zuma.

The president and the NPA have appealed the High Court’s ruling that the decision to withdraw charges against Zuma was irrational.

Former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew the charges after considering representations from Zuma - which included the so-called Spy Tapes.

This will be the second time Zuma and the NPA will try convince a court that criminal charges should not be reinstated against the president.

A full bench of the High Court in Pretoria consisting of three judges including deputy judge president Aubrey Ledwaba found Zuma ought to be prosecuted.

This time the parties will face a full bench of five judges and the Supreme Court justices are known to be tough and interrogate the arguments advanced in their courtroom.

The president will rely on the same arguments presented in the High Court which primarily hinge on his claim the courts can't interfere in the decisions of the prosecuting authority.

The DA - which brought the initial application - will oppose the matter.

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