Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor’s appointment – local media

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JOHANNESBURG, Dec 14 – South Africa’s President
Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his
appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate
corruption charges against him was not valid, local media
reported on Thursday.

The High Court ruled last week that Zuma’s appointment of
head prosecutor Shaun Abrahams should be set aside immediately
and that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should appoint a new
public prosecutor within 60 days.

The ruling was among a series of judicial blows to his
administration, which has been hit by a series of scandals.

Zuma filed papers saying that people exercise presidential
powers at the same time, according to television station eNCA.

Zuma’s spokesman could not immediately comment.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has also said it
will appeal the ruling.

In October the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier
decision by a lower court that the nearly 800 corruption charges
filed against Zuma before he became president be reinstated.

It then fell to Abrahams, appointed by Zuma, to decide
whether or not the NPA would pursue a case against him.

The charges against Zuma relate to a 30 billion rand ($2.22
billion) government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s and
have amplified calls for Zuma to step down before his term as
president ends in 2019.

($1 = 13.4834 rand)

-(Reuters)