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It makes no sense: Zuma on why he's appealing High Court ruling

Jacob Zuma was addressing supporters outside court on Tuesday, where he said he’d file an application for leave to appeal the High Court judgment which dismissed his application for permanent stay of prosecution .

FILE: Former president Jacob Zuma outside the High Court in  Pietermaritzburg addressing supporters on 20 May 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

PIETERMARITZBURG - Former President Jacob Zuma said the reasons given by the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissing his application for permanent stay of prosecution did not make sense and that was why he was appealing that decision.

Zuma was addressing supporters outside court on Tuesday, where he said he’d file an application for leave to appeal the High Court judgment.

He faces charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to the multi-billion rand arms deal.

His backers claimed busses transporting supporters were turned away earlier on Tuesday.

The former president said he believed the Pietermaritzburg High Court made a mistake when it denied his application for a permanent stay of prosecution. Zuma is confident that the Supreme Court of Appeal may overturn the High Court’s decision.

His spokesperson Vukile Mathabela said Zuma still believed he was being targeted politically and another court may be sympathetic to him.

“That’s why you look at the court system when you’re not happy, then you go to the higher court. That’s how the law works.”

Zuma has until 1 November to file papers to appeal the court decision.

The matter will be heard on 22 November.