Military systems man joins court bid
Businessman Richard Young has applied to the Pretoria High Court to become a co-applicant in the DA's bid for a review of the decision to discontinue President Jacob Zuma's prosecution.
The DA's standing to bring the application has been called into question, but Young said "nobody in their right mind can say that I don't (have standing)".
During the arms deal procurement process, a system developed by Young's company, CCII Systems, was selected then de-selected for inclusion in the combat suite of the navy's patrol corvettes.
Young says his complaint about "clear and justifiable favouritism, amounting to illegality" in the awarding of the contract led to the conviction of Schabir Shaik.
Arguing his standing to join the application, Young said it should be clear that he was the primary and original complainant in regard to the criminal proceedings against Zuma.
Young argues that the decision by acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe to withdraw charges against Zuma was based on "the narrowest of points".
He said it was clear the NPA had lost its appetite to proceed as a result of political changes. But the duty of a prosecutor was to take a matter to its conclusion.
With acknowledgements to Cape Argus.