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Lawyer: Zuma exercising his right to challenge unfavourable ruling

The former president - who faces charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to the multi-billion-rand Arms Deal - was given 15 days to file court papers explaining why he believed a different court would dismiss his corruption case.

FILE: Former president Jacob Zuma ahead of his addresses to his supporters outside the state capture commission on 19 July 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday defended his intention to appeal a judgment dismissing his application for a permanent stay of prosecution, saying he was exercising his constitutional right to challenge what he called an unfavourable decision.

On Friday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed Zuma’s bid to have his corruption case struck from the roll.

The former president - who faces charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to the multi-billion-rand Arms Deal - was given 15 days to file court papers explaining why he believed a different court would dismiss his case.

Zuma said he was happy that the State was ready to try him on charges of corruption.

“Mr Zuma has been ready to face his trial for over 14 years. We are heartened to know that the State is finally ready to start the trial,” said his lawyer senior counsel Thabani Masuku.

If Zuma was ready to face this trial for over 14 years, then why was he appealing a judgment that essentially paved the way for the case to go on trial?

“Mr Zuma elects to exercise the full extent of his constitutional right, which includes the right to appeal an unfavourable decision,” Masuku said.

Zuma faced criticism that once again he was employing his Stalingrad strategy to avoid prosecution.

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