Zuma – 17 May 2021

Sommige artikels beweer dat Zuma gesê het hy die slagoffer van “mob justice” is – wat nie waar is, behalwe as hy dit kan bewys (Al Jazeera).   Intussen het sy regsverteenwoordigers heel onlangs besluit om nie Zuma verder te verteenwoordig nie.    Datum is vasgestel vanaf 17 Mei 2021 tot einde Junie, maar moontlik langer kan duur weens heelwat getuienisse (daar is ongeveer 200 op die staat se lys).  Vervolgens ‘n paar brokkies nuus oor Zuma en die wapenskandaal.

Zuma is alleged to have taken bribes of $220,000 related to a $3.4bn arms deal [File: Michele Spatari/Pool/Reuters]

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Jacob ZumaJacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, (born April 12, 1942, Nkandla, South Africa),  served as president of South Africa from 2009 until he resigned under pressure in 2018.

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Business day of 21 April 2021 stated that the lawyers acting for former president Jacob Zuma in the corruption trial due to start in May filed a formal notice of withdrawal in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.      Eric Mabuza filed the notice as Zuma’s attorney of record, but did not provide reasons for the withdrawal. Mabuza did not respond to queries for comment. It is understood the withdrawal will include advocate Muzi Sikhakhane.

The latest development comes after the Supreme Court of Appeal dealt Zuma a blow last week when it ruled he was not entitled to state funds for his corruption trial legal costs, and ordered him to pay back R25m already incurred during the legal proceedings.

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Zuma is accused of receiving an annual bribe of R500,000 from Thales for protection from an investigation into the controversial arms deal. The alleged bribe was facilitated by Schabir Shaik, who was Zuma’s former financial adviser.

Corruption watch

Since 2005, Zuma has been dodging these charges which, after numerous rounds of withdrawal and reinstatement, were finally reinstated against both parties in 2018.

On 22 January 2021, the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed, with costs, the bid by French arms company Thales to challenge racketeering charges. Known at that time as Thomson-CSF, Thales was a supplier in South Africa’s controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal in 1999.

Zuma, Thales corruption trial looms after latest challenge dismissed

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More information on the Arms deals

2014

Formally known as the Strategic Defence Package, the arms deal, to use its notorious nickname, was a multi-billion-rand military acquisition project finalised in 1999 by the South African government.

The arms deal is also seen as a catalyst for the creation of divisions within the African National Congress (ANC). The first signs of dissent were shown in August 2001 by Andrew Feinstein, a senior ANC MP, who resigned from Parliament when the government moved to curtail a probe into the deal.

According to the evidence team working for the Arms Procurement Commission, which is currently investigating allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the deal, South Africa is still paying the interest on arms and military equipment purchased 14 years ago – and will continue to do so for another four years.

The arms deal: what you need to know

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ZUMA – WHILE PRESIDENT

President Zuma appoints Judges to the Supreme Court of Appeal, Competition Appeal Court and the various divisions of the High Courts

3 Nov 2010

President Jacob Zuma has appointed the following Judges, under section 174(6) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission:

  • The Honourable Mr Justice Stevan Arnold Majiedt as a judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal with effect from 1 December 2010.
  • The Honourable Mr Justice Legoabe Willie Seriti as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal with effect from 4 December 2010.
  • The Honourable Madam Justice Leona Valerie Theron as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal with effect from 1 December 2010.
  • The Honourable Mr Justice Chimanlal Narotam Patel as a Deputy Judge President of the KwaZulu-Natal High Courts, Pietermaritzburg and Durban with effect from 31 October 2010.
  • The Honourable Mr Acting Justice Monde Ishmael Samela as a Judge of the Western Cape High Court, Cape Town with effect from 31 October 2010.
  • The Honourable Madam Acting Justice Belinda Cherryl Hartle as a Judge of the Eastern Cape High Court, Bhisho with effect from 31 October 2010.
  • The Honourable Madam Acting Justice Gloria Nozuko Zukiswa Mjali as a Judge of the Eastern Cape High Court, Mthatha with effect from 31 October 2010.
  • The Honourable Madam Acting Justice Nadia Gutta as a Judge of the North West High Court, Mafikeng with effect from 1 November 2010.
  • The Honourable Madam Acting Justice Nompumelelo Hazel Radebe as a Judge of the KwaZulu-Natal High Courts, Pietermaritzburg and Durban with effect from 1 January 2011.
  • Advocate Rishinand Seegobin SC as a Judge of the KwaZulu-Natal High Courts,Pietermaritzburg and Durban with effect from 1 January 2011.
  • Advocate Hendrik Johannes De Vos SC as a Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Courts, Pretoria and Johannesburg with effect from 15 November 2010.
  • The Honourable Mr Acting Justice Mahomed Hussen Ebrahim Ismail as a Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Courts, Pretoria and Johannesburg with effect from 31 October 2010.
  • The Honourable Madam Acting Justice Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane as a Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Courts, Pretoria and Johannesburg with effect from 31 October 2010.
  • The Honourable Mr Acting Justice Ramarumo Emerson Monama as a Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Courts, Pretoria and Johannesburg with effect from 31 January 2011.
  • The Honourable Mr Acting Justice Selewe Peter Mothle as a Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Courts, Pretoria and Johannesburg with effect from 1 January 2011.
  • Advocate Willem Lötter Wepener SC as a Judge of the North and South Gauteng High Courts, Pretoria and Johannesburg with effect from 1 November 2010; and

In terms of section 36(2) read with section 39 of the Competition Act, 1998 (Act No 89 of 1998), on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, President Zuma appointed the Honourable Madam Justice Nambitha Dambuza as a judge of the Competition Appeal Court for a period of ten years with effect from 31 October 2010.

The President wishes the Honourable Judges well in their appointments.

https://www.gov.za/president-zuma-appoints-judges-supreme-court-appeal-competition-appeal-court-and-various-divisions#

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SALARIES – PARLIAMENT – JUDGES – TRADITIONAL LEADERS
https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/president-zuma-accepts-pay-hikes-public-office-bearers

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Arms Procurement Commission

Various documents available:

https://www.justice.gov.za/comm-sdpp/docs.html
https://www.justice.gov.za/comm-sdpp/index.html
https://www.justice.gov.za/comm-sdpp/docs.html

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Arms Commission Report
REPORT – Volume 1    (December 2015)
Justice LW Seriti, JA – Chairperson: Arms Procurement Commission
Judge HMT Musi, retired Judge President – Commissioner: Arms Procurement Commission
(767 pages)

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Page 19
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Chapter 4: Summary of evidence 282
[1134] Hereunder is the list of project team members of the five programmes
that formed part of the SDPP.
LIST OF PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS

read full report: – list of names , companies and countries involved.
https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/201604/arms-commission-reporta.pdf

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Corruption Watch

Various articles and documents:

Thales has also been accused of bribing former presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj, using Shabir Shaik’s Swiss bank account as a conduit to channel money into an offshore account registered in Maharaj’s wife’s name. In 2005 Shaik was jailed for 15 years for soliciting a bribe from Thint, the local subsidiary of Thales. His appeal failed and he was incarcerated in 2007, serving just two years of the sentence.

Thales is also accused of giving a €1-million donation to the ANC in 2006.

Through its South African subsidiary Thint, the arms company won a R2.6-billion contract in 1997 to fit four new navy frigates with combat suites. The frigates would be acquired from the German Corvette Consortium consisting of Blohm + Voss, Thyssen Rheinstahl, Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werf, and Thomson CSF. The combat suite element, which made up about 40% of the cost, would be fitted in South Africa after delivery.

The arms deal – analysis and updates

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4 February 2020

Former president Jacob Zuma’s legal team says they will not be challenging the warrant of arrest issued for their client. The warrant has stayed until his next court appearance on the 6th of May. Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Dhaya Pillay issued the order after the former President pulled a no-show due to ill health. Zuma, and his co-accused French arms manufacturer, Thales, are facing various charges, including corruption, money laundering, and racketeering. They relate to 780 questionable payments in connection with the controversial arms deal in the 1990s. We’re joined now by Advocate Makhosazana Mbonani for more.

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2019

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg will hand down its ruling in the application by former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company – Thales. The two applied for a permanent stay of prosecution in the corruption case.

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