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Zuma given deadline to make plea in graft case

11 Décembre 2017

"In the first place, one wonders whether Shaun Abrahams is in a position to grant Mr Zuma an extension until 31 January, 2018 to submit representations as to why he should not be charged, given the decision last week by the high court in Pretoria that Abrahams must vacate his position as national director of public prosecutions (which Abrahams is appealing)".

The charges against Zuma relate to a 30 billion rand ($2 billion) government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s and have amplified calls for Zuma to step down before his term as president ends in 2019.

They were filed but then dropped by the NPA shortly before he ran for the presidency.

In October the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by a lower court that the almost 800 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became president be reinstated.

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"They must submit their representation on the 31st of January", said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku, referring to Zuma's lawyers who requested an extension from the November 30 deadline.

The details are contained in a letter Abrahams sent to Zuma on Sunday in which he's agreed to his request for a submission deadline extension.

NPA spokesperson, Luvuyo Mafaku, confirmed to News24 on Monday that Zuma's legal representatives had written to Abrahams, requesting an extension until February 19. On April 6, 2009, then NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe said recordings of telephone conversations between then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy and former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka showed political interference in the decision to charge Zuma.

Mfaku said Abrahams would remain in office until the appeal is determined.

Zuma given deadline to make plea in graft case