South Africa’s main opposition party is seeking to reinstate over 700 charges against President Jacob Zuma.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) party wants Zuma to be charged with 783 cases of fraud, corruption and racketeering that had been set aside in 2009 before the North Gauteng High Court’s full bench.
The DA is now appealing to the High Court to have the decision to drop the charges declared invalid.
The President has always contended that the court proceedings are an abuse of process by a political party.
“We contend that the dropping of these charges by the then acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Mokotedi Mpshe, was born out of irrational political considerations not based in law or due process,” the DA said in a statement.
Nevertheless, the office of the president has vowed to maintain that the decision made by the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) was rationally derived.
“The President has always contended that the court proceedings are an abuse of process by a political party in order to advance a political agenda,” stated the office of the president.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party’s motion of of no-confidence against Zuma has been rejected by parliament.
“The DA will continue to lead the fight for economic freedom for all South Africans by ensuring our economy grows and creates new jobs for the 8.2 million jobless South Africans. The first step towards that is for Jacob Zuma to be removed as President,” Mmusi Maimane
Federal Leader of the DA said earlier in a statement.