Former president Jacob Zuma – a consummate chess player – on Thursday made what could be a checkmate move when he laid a complaint against prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer at the Pietermaritzburg police station.
Zuma, who is out on parole, wants Downer charged for leaking his confidential medical information to the press and others.
Rather than wait for the Pietermaritzburg High Court to make a ruling on his request that Downer be removed from prosecuting him in his upcoming corruption trial, Zuma has seemingly opted for the chess rule of En passant.
In the game of chess, the rule of En passant is a special pawn capturing move.
Laying the complaint against Dower preempts the court ruling expected on Tuesday next week on whether he is fit to prosecute the former president.
The matter of corruption and racketeering involving former Zuma and the Thales Group resumes at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.
After laying the complaint, Zuma declined to elaborate on the details saying he was still a prisoner.
The former president who was serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court was released on medical parole in September.
Zuma had been incarcerated for nearly two months when he was paroled while in hospital suffering from an undisclosed ailment that required surgery.
It remains to be seen if Downer has another move that would see him prosecute Zuma in the off-on decade-old graft matter.