Lunga Simelane
3 minute read
9 Jun 2022
6:31 am

NPA has power to intervene in Zuma’s private prosecution against Downer – expert

Lunga Simelane

A criminal law expert says Billy Downer could prove the action against him was malicious.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prosecutor Billy Downer. Picture: Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius

Even if Jacob Zuma goes ahead with his private prosecution of advocate Billy Downer, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says Downer will still prosecute Zuma’s corruption case, which is due to start on 15 August. And the private prosecution could also leave Zuma facing further legal suits if Downer issues writs against the former president for malicious prosecution. While Zuma and his legal team sought Downer’s removal, the NPA stood firm after issuing a nolle prosequi (private prosecution) certificate to Zuma’s legal team, which laid  criminal complaint against Downer over his alleged “leaking” of Zuma’s medical evidence. NPA spokesperson Mthunzi...