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NPA 'spy tapes' appeal a predictable effort to buy time, says Zak Yacoob

Former Constitutional Court justice Zak Yacoob has questioned the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to appeal the reinstatement of President Jacob Zuma's so-called spy tapes charges.

Yacoob says it has become common occurrence for the privileged to evade prosecution through appeal delays.

It has become the pattern these days. Everyone with money will not obey a court order until they reach the highest court in the land. That means delay of years and years.

Zak Yacoob, former Constitutional Court justice

NPA boss Shaun Abrahams will appeal a High Court ruling which found that the 2009 decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against Zuma was irrational.

Yacoob says that the ruling is strong, adding that the NPA appeal is an effort to buy time and delay the inevitable.

He has warned state parties, in particular, to think very carefully before appealing judgements.

"You can't appeal simply to relieve the pinch of the shoe."

According to Yacoob, the court system has somehow become open to manipulation in order to sidestep justice.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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