In an unexpected twist. Duduzane Zuma might just be having a good time.
Report indicates that the NPA are expected to drop all charges of corruption against Duduzane Zuma on Thursday, in a move that’s caused a ripple of shock in the political community. He was initially charged with attempting to facilitate a bribe of R600 million that the Gupta family wanted to give to Mcebisi Jonas.
They were hoping he’d accept their offer to become finance minister and, in exchange for a healthy financial settlement, would favour the brothers when it came to awarding tenders and government contracts.
State’s planned withdrawal of corruption charges against #DuduzaneZuma comes after NPA last year dropped the case against Gupta family associates accused of #Estina Dairy Farm scam.
As of tomorrow, there will be no one on trial for alleged #StateCapture crime.
— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 23, 2019
NPA sent a letter to Duduzane Zuma’s lawyers on Tuesday, confirming they would be withdrawing the charge sheet.
Zuma Jnr first appeared in a Rosebank courthouse in July. No reason has yet been specified by the NPA as to why they are dropping the charges, and lawyers acting on behalf of Duduzane won’t comment until proceedings are finalised on Thursday.
Last year, Duduzane was brought in front of Rosebank Magistrates Court and released on R100 000 bail. The notorious Gupta ally was given a court date of 24 January 2019 to answer for his role in the attempted Jonas bribery. However, for reasons that will only become apparent in the next few days, the NPA are pulling the plug.
It comes just a matter of months after suspects in the Estina Dairy Farm Scandal were temporarily reprieved from prosecution – the R100 million scam served as a money laundering front for the Indian billionaires, as exposed by the #GuptaLeaks trove of emails.
As for the younger Zuma, he must still face culpable homicide charges in the South Gauteng High Court. He’s on trial after he crashed his Porsche into another vehicle back in 2014, leading to the death of two passengers. As it stands, the pre-trial hearing for this case will go ahead this Thursday.