NPA won’t appeal SCA’s Zuma judgment

2012-04-12 13:25

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will not appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment which deals with the dropping of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Last month, the court ruled that the DA could challenge the 2009 decision, taken by acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe, to drop corruption charges against Zuma.

The SCA gave the NPA two weeks to file a “reduced record”, the information used by Mpshe to make the decision but which excludes the protected disclosures Zuma made to the NPA.

In a press statement, NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the NPA had decided not to appeal to the Consitutional Court as the SCA’s judgment dealt only with “preliminary issues that had no direct impact on Advocate Mpshe’s decision and (which) did not deal with the merits of the decision”.

Mhaga said the NPA wanted to avoid a “piecemeal” approach to litigation and would therefore prepare the record before handing it to Zuma’s lawyers to ensure it did not reveal any protected disclosures.

Last month the SCA ruled that a decision to discontinue a prosecution was subject to review under the principle of the rule of law, and that the DA could challenge such a decision.

This followed an earlier North Gauteng High Court finding that the DA, as a political party, did not have the legal standing to challenge such a decision.

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