Widespread reaction to the fact Jacob Zuma is not off the hook yet

Political reaction was pouring in to the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision that reinstates fraud charges...

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Political reaction was pouring in to the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision that reinstates fraud charges against African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma.

The <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Bloemfontein court on Monday overturned the so-called Nicholson judgement that saw the charges against Zuma being scrapped.

Opposition parties were unanimous in their calls for the matter to now be brought to a speedy head.

ANC breakaway party Congress of the People’s Palesa Morudu said Zuma should have his day in court soon.

“The African National Congress had to use opportunistically the Judge Nicholson judgment and they abused that to settle its own internal political battles because that is what it was,” said Morudu.

The CDA said Zuma should withdraw as the ANC’s presidential candidate pending the outcome of his case and the UDM said he must stop employing delay tactics.

The FF Plus said the fact the case was still dragging on was causing political and economic uncertainty at a time when <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> needed stability.

Fellow alliance partner the SACP said it also still believed the case against Zuma was a political one while the ANC itself said the judgment was not a negative development as it was not a finding on its leader’s guilt or innocence.

Meanwhile, Lawyers for both Zuma and the state were now considering their next moves after Monday’s scathing SCA judgment.

The five judges slammed Judge Chris Nicholson again and again some findings were “unfathomable” some were note based on the facts before him and others were irrelevant or simply unnecessary.

Perhaps the strongest criticism was reserved for his findings of alleged political meddling.

Zuma was not in court for this, but around 200 of his supporters were.

They were disappointed, but said this was simply part of a longer legal game.

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