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Zuma’s lawyers accuse NPA doctors of harassment.

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Former president Jacob Zuma’s legal team has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of harassment.

Legal representatives for former President Jacob Zuma and representatives of the Department of Correctional Services have objected to subpoenas by the State to hand the former President’s medical records in at the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Advocate Dali Mpofu told the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday that the NPA’s doctors are harassing the former president. According to Mpofu, there was no need at all for NPA doctors to examine Zuma.

“The mere threat to conduct such an examination prematurely with no legal title, because the legal title would’ve come from you (the judge), that was prosecutorial misconduct of the first order. Knowing that sensitivity that this issue is not just about privacy, it also has national security implications because we are talking about a former head of state here.”

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it intends to oppose the application calling for the recusal of state prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer.

NPA spokesperson Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga says said they don’t want the matter postponed.

“We don’t want any postponement in this matter. There is no indication on whether Mr. Zuma will be here [in court] or not. But we would like to proceed with the matter as we had indicated in the past that there is no merit to their application,” he said

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