PRETORIA– It has been confirmed that Advocate Billy Downer is the lead prosecutor in the corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma which gets underway at the High Court in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province on Friday.
Zuma will make an appearance before the High Court in Durban facing a full bench of judges on 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
Advocate Billy Downer successfully prosecuted Zuma’s former financial advisor. Zuma’s appearance in court is likely to be brief as he has indicated that he will be looking to overturn the decision of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to reinstate the charges against him.
Downer is the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in Western Cape Province. He is a highly respected lawyer who also secured a conviction of former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer on money laundering and racketeering charges.
Zuma will appear in court for the first time since the NPA reinstated the charges against him. They were dropped by former acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mkotedi Mpshe in 2009.
The African National Congress (ANC) and its partners in the Tripartite Alliance — the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have made it clear that they won’t be supporting Zuma.
The governing ANC has also appealed to those who will be in court not to dress in any ANC regalia.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK