Jacob Zuma files an application to appeal the dismissal of his special plea to recuse Billy Downer

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Friday that former president Jacob Zuma has filed an application to appeal a court dismissal of his special plea to have state prosecutor Billy Downer recused from his arms deal trial.

In October, the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed Zuma’s special plea to have Downer recused as the state prosecutor in his arms deal trial, in which French arms company Thales is a co-accused.

In his special plea, Zuma had alleged that Downer is conflicted and biased.

The NPA said on Friday that Zuma filed the application to appeal the Pietermaritzburg High Court judgement on Wednesday, 10 November 2021.

“We will oppose the application at a date to be arranged with the court,” the NPA’s Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Zuma is facing 16 counts of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering in his arms deal matter.

Allegations in the arms deal matter include that R500 000 was paid to Zuma annually through his former financial advisor Schabir Shaik so that the former president would protect Thales from investigations into the arms deal.

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