Zuma to appeal Downer, Maughan private prosecution ruling

Zuma to appeal Downer, Maughan private prosecution ruling

Former president Jacob Zuma says he's going to appeal the Pietermaritzburg High Court's ruling in favour of state advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan.

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Nushera Soodyal

Downer and Maughan had brought an application to have Zuma's bid to privately prosecute them reviewed and set aside. 


The former president alleged Downer leaked his medical records to Maughan.


They have both denied the accusation, saying the information was placed on the public court record. 

READ: Zuma loses bid to prosecute Downer, Maughan


In the judgement handed down on Wednesday morning, Zuma was ordered to pay costs. 


Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi says they are appalled by the 'bizarre' judgement.


"Section 41 of the NPA Act has been transgressed and we don't understand why the court would make such a judgment. President Zuma is going to appeal this judgment. We see this as a travesty of justice.


"We see this as people who are treated with laws that are not in existence in the country when the law is so clear about not giving out any information prior to person by the National Director of Public Prosecutions."

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