Court hears case about prosecutor in Zuma case

Henry

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg will this week hear the case in Jacob Zuma’s application for adv. to remove Billy Downer as his state prosecutor.

The case will appear in court on Wednesday, says Lusanda Ntuli, spokesperson for the office of the chief justice.

The case will be televised live by eNCA.

Downer is the public prosecutor in Zuma’s corruption case.

The court earlier ex-pres. Zuma’s leave to appeal against the court’s finding that he cannot prosecute state attorney Billy Downer and News24 journalist Karyn Maughan in private has been dismissed.

Zuma wanted to have the two prosecuted privately because he believes Downer leaked confidential information about his medical condition to Maughan.

The case revolves around a doctor’s note which was submitted to the court during Zuma’s corruption trial and which the state shared with Maughan, a specialist reporter. Zuma accused the two of being in breach of the National Prosecuting Authority Act (NPA). The note is part of court records which are also public documents.

Zuma’s legal representative, adv. Dali Mpofu, had earlier indicated that he would exercise the right of automatic appeal if the enforcement order was granted.