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Thursday, 28 March 2024 15:23

Zuma suffers another loss in his bid to privately prosecute Downer and Maughan.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Former president Jacob Zuma has suffered another loss in his campaign to privately prosecute State advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan after Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed his latest appeal bid.

SCA President Mahube Molemela dismissed Zuma's bid in a two-page order.

Molemela found "no exceptional circumstances warranting reconsideration or variation of the decision refusing [Zuma's] application for leave to appeal" the Kwazulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg's invalidation of his private prosecution."

Three full benches have now confirmed that the Pietermaritzburg High Court's finding in June 2023 that the private prosecution of Downer and Maughan for alleged breaches of the NPA Act by leaking his confidential medical information in August 2021 was an "abuse of the process of court," been pursued for an ulterior purpose and part Zuma's "Stalingrad Strategy" to avoid trial for the arms deal corruption matter.

After Zuma unsuccessfully tried to appeal the ruling in the SCA, he approached Molemela directly for his case to be reconsidered, but this bid was dismissed on Wednesday.

This is the second defeat for Zuma in a week after his bid to force the removal of his arms deal corruption prosecutor Downer was dismissed by Judge Nkosinathi Chili presiding in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Chili last week dismissed Zuma's latest bid after finding that the former president failed to show that Downer's continued presence as his prosecutor would violate his fair trial rights.