Time's up: Deadline day for Zuma to avoid spy tapes charges

Julius Malema

Julius Malema

Malema says that a state president who is destined for a judicial commission of inquiry could not be a suitable head of state and government, which is legislatively and practically defined by extremely busy programmes.

The DA has today written to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, to request that he provide us with a copy of the submission by President Jacob Zuma as to why he should not be prosecuted for the 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering charges against him.

South Africa's parliament said on Wednesday that President Jacob Zuma will deliver the state-of-the-nation address as planned on February 8 despite calls from within the ruling party and the opposition for the scandal-plagued leader to step down.

The NPA extended the deadline to the end of January for Zuma to make his representations before deciding whether to proceed against him.

"As things stand, it would not be in the interests of South Africa for President Zuma to deliver the State of the Nation Address when there exists great uncertainty as to whether he will remain president", Maimane said.

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The move led to the appointment of a special counsel in May 2017, a development that continues to infuriate the President . It was a topic that several White House officials have been asked about.

An ANC source close to the discussions said a number of ANC MPs want to teach Zuma a lesson.

In a letter to Mbete, seen by City Press, EFF leader Julius Malema warns that if the motion is not scheduled before Sona, his party will raise the matter during the address.

Zuma relinquished his ANC presidency last month after serving two terms as the head of the governing party and Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as the party's new leader. "Whoever is president will address us", said National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairwoman Thandi Modise, briefing journalists on preparations for next week's SONA to be delivered to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and NCOP.

Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli said given the R4.3 million budget set aside for SONA, they would not be entertaining these requests.

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