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(From Financial Mail)
Byline: Robin Palmer
A FAIR TRIAL FOR JACOB ZUMA? Praise is premature in the Zuma case until we see a consistent pattern of prosecuting corruption Robin Palmer is professor of law at the University of KwaZulu Natal Now that it has finally been decided to criminally charge former deputy president Jacob Zuma, two distinct questions arise.
First, is it possible in the circumstances for Zuma to have a fair trial, and, second, has he been unfairly singled out for prosecution? Section 35 (3) of the Bill of Rights entrenches the right of every accused person to a fair trial. In addition, it is a fundamental principle of our law that not only must justice be done, it must also be …