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Excerpt from Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson

Zuma ExposedNews24 has shared an excerpt from Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson.

This extract focuses on a talk that Advocate Billy Downer gave at an international law conference in 2012. Downer was part of the original team assembled to investigate the Arms Deal and he criticised three consecutive National Prosecuting Authority heads, Bulelani Ngcuka, Vusi Pikoli and Mokotedi Mpshe, who all turned the team down when they recommended that Jacob Zuma be prosecuted:

In a fascinating and strangely under-reported address delivered at an international law conference a year later, Advocate Billy Downer, who headed the prosecutions of Shaik and Zuma, hit out at three consecutive heads of the NPA for the fact that Zuma’s case never came to court.

Downer, a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in the Western Cape, was part of the original Arms Deal team assembled by Ngcuka. He was specifically responsible for the Thales/Zuma leg of the investigation and worked closely with Scorpions investigators as part of the unit’s prosecutor-led investigation style. When Advocate Gerda Ferreira resigned from the Scorpions, Downer took charge of the entire Arms Deal probe.

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