President's lawyers may have a few options left to manouver

There may still be a few slim avenues for Zuma's lawyers and the NPA to manouver, but Constitutional Law expert Professor Pierre de Vos says these options have little chance of success.

As things stand the president is going to be indicted by the NPA. There is a valid decision that he must be prosecuted.

Professor Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law expert

But, says de Vos, there seems to be no appetite on their part to take on this case. The reluctance is understandable he says.

It is never easy anywhere in the world, to prosecute a sitting president for corruption.

Professor Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law expert

For the president it is a no-brainer, says de Vos, as he does not want to be prosecuted.

So there will be a decision to either petition the Supreme Court of Appeal, which means it overturning a previous decision, or to go directly to the Constitutional Court and ask them for leave to appeal.

Professor Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law expert

If that fails then there would be a legally valid decision by the NPA to prosecute the president.

Professor Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law expert

The president would have to be indicted and prosecuted unless of course the NPA found some other rational reason once again to review and drop the charges, says de Vos.

This would not be easy for them to do, or at least not in a legally plausible manner

Professor Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law expert
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