Zuma to appeal court ruling retaining prosecutor Downer in corruption trial

His foundation has announced on Tuesday afternoon that Jacob Zuma has instructed his lawyers to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal.

FILE: Former President Jacob Zuma in the Pietermaritzburg High Court where he appeared on corruption charges on 15 October 2019. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Jacob Zuma has indicated that he will appeal the Pietermaritzburg High Court ruling retaining advocate Billy Downer in his corruption trial.

His foundation has announced on Tuesday afternoon that Zuma has instructed his lawyers to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal.

On Tuesday morning, Zuma appeared in the High Court after he applied to have Downer removed from representing the State, accusing him of bias.

The former statesman said Downer disclosed vital information of his medical records to a journalist.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation said Judge Piet Koen made several material gross errors of law and misdirection of facts.

The judge said the former president's complaints attacking Downer were speculative, based on hearsay evidence and were not grounds to remove Downer from the trial.

Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi said: “It is a travesty of justice. It cannot be acceptable and today we have seen the rule of law being trampled upon by the court itself. This cannot be and the foundation is very clear on this matter, we’re going to advice resident Zuma to appeal this irrationality that has transpired here today.”

The former president is expected back in the dock on 11 April 2022 for further proceedings in his corruption case.

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