PIETERMARITZBURG – Former president Jacob Zuma returns to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday, where he will be proceeding with his request to have Advocate Billy Downer recused from participating in any decision-making processes regarding his corruption case.
Zuma made the initial request in October 2021, however, it was dismissed by Judge Piet Koen as it was untrue and regarded as admissible hearsay. Regardless of Koen’s dismissal, Zuma will be making an appeal once more and have Downer removed as he believes that he is biased, which will result in him not being granted a fair trial.
Zuma has been impeached for various charges which include accepting bribes, corruption, misusing state funds, and the controversial arm deal amongst many others.
Embattled Umkhonto weSizwe national spokesperson Carl Niehaus is amongst the supporters that will be rallying behind him throughout the court appearance. Niehaus took to social media earlier stating that ‘’Zuma has faced prosecution for over 22 years and enough is enough’’.
Zuma’s die-hard supporters gathered outside the court from the early hours, chanting ‘’wenzen uZuma’’ whilst others are raising placards that have his name written all over as they sing songs from the struggle.
Police came out in large numbers to pay close attention to the crowd as they also listen in on how the case plays out.
BY Tshepiso Ramawela