Zuma to face charges as the previous judgement is slammed

The Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority clearing the way for...

ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority clearing the way for African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma to face corruption charges.

In a unanimous judgement, a bench of five judges harshly criticised the high court ruling last year.

Judge Louis Harms handed down the judgement in the appeals court in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Bloemfontein on Monday.

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He was told that he was wrong on the facts, wrong on the law and should not have brought in issues that were not placed in front of him in court.

Judge Harms said he had failed to follow the basic tenants of being a judge for reasons that were "unfathomable".

He said also that Nicholson had made certain findings based on his own conspiracy theories and not on facts brought by Zuma.

Nicholson was also harshly criticised for making claims about Mbeki’s conduct without allowing him to state his case.

The charges against Zuma now stand again, but he can go to the <street w:st="on"><address w:st="on">Constitutional Court or apply for a permanent stay of prosecution.