Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) says it has noted with concern the charges laid against Advocate Billy Downer at the Pietermaritzburg Police Station on Thursday by the Jacob Zuma Foundation. The former president is accusing Downer of leaking his medical records to the media.
NPA spokesperson Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga said they understand these charges relate to the alleged breach of section 41 (6) of the NPA which prohibits disclosing of information without the permission of the National Director.
“ We also note that these charges are laid while the matter is subject to judicial determination by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg and judgment is expected to be delivered on 26 October 2021.”
Mhaga added that while the law must be allowed to follow its course, “the NPA is concerned about the context within which these charges have been laid, and the timing in light of the pending judgement of the High Court.”
Former President Zuma is currently on medical parole following his sentencing to 15 months for contempt of court.