Duduzane Zuma charges to be provisionally withdrawn by NPA – report

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Former president Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane Zuma, at a inquest hearing at the Randburg Magistrate's Court in November 2014. Picture: Gallo Images - The Citizen

The corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane in relation to his alleged involvement in an alleged attempt to bribe former deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas are expected to be provisionally withdrawn by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Business Day reports.

The young Zuma is due back in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday, where the NPA is expected to provisionally withdraw the charges.

According to the publication, Zuma’s legal team refused to comment until the finalisation of the court process tomorrow, January 24.

The spokesperson for the NPA, Phindi Mjonondwane Aldo, said the state would also only comment after court proceedings on Thursday.

The publication reports it is understood that Zuma’s lawyers were notified on Tuesday about the decision via a letter sent to them.

The reasons for the decision are unknown at this stage.

Zuma has been charged with corruption arising from the role he played in a failed attempt to bribe then deputy finance minister Jonas at the Gupta family’s Saxonwold home in October 2015.

It is alleged that, at the meeting, Duduzane, businessperson Fana Hlongwane, and Ajay Gupta offered Jonas the job of finance minister and a bribe of R600 million.

The Citizen