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NPA will hand over Zuma records soon

2012-07-18 22:13

Johannesburg - The NPA will soon provide the DA with the reduced record relating to its decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, an official said on Wednesday.

"The process is taking longer than we anticipated hence the delay in supplying them with all the relevant information," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

"The process includes transcribing of the records, verification and submitting to the president's legal team due to the representations being subject to confidentiality rule."

Earlier, the Democratic Alliance said it was taking legal steps to force the NPA to produce complete documents, including tapes.

In March, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the NPA to hand over the documents, giving it a 14-day deadline - up to April 10 - in which to comply.

Zille said on Wednesday the first correspondence containing documents was received from the state attorney by her party on April 12, two days after the deadline.

These amounted to "mainly the same documents the DA had forwarded to the NPA arguing why the prosecution should continue".

The DA is challenging the NPA's decision to drop the charges in the North Gauteng High Court.

Zille said the documents sent on April 12 had no relation to the evidence before the NPA that might have caused it to withdraw the charges against Zuma.

The decision in 2009 to drop the charges against Zuma - taken by then acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe - was made a month before he was elected president.

Mhaga said: "We will deal with whatever court action they institute as and when we receive notice to that effect."

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-18 22:21

    Yep. As in Mdluli cases - as soon as the shredder stops working & witnesses are vanished

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-18 22:23

      Old legal tactic - drown 'em in paperwork and due process.

      RabbleRouser - 2012-07-18 22:30

      The court order required the NPA to lodge the record pertaining to dropping of the charges with the with the court. This was supposed to have been done by the 10 th April 2012. It's now more than three month late. Surely they have a record. What is there to transcribe. They just have to exclude the confidential submissions made by Zuma. Perhaps they are scratching their heads in how to concoct something to make it look credible.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-18 22:36

      @RabbleRouser - more like scratching the Tippex & other (ahem) white-out tools.

      Vince.York - 2012-07-19 06:40

      Delay and denial tactics quite in line because the draconian "Secrecy Bill" has not yet been forced into place effectively enough to quash what could be Jacob Zuma's imminent long term jail sentence.

      Revelgen - 2012-07-19 09:01

      Yep, deny, lie, delay - that is the ANC way. This is a government that no intelligent person - in SA or the world - can now respect. They have utterly destoyed the legacy of Mandela, but still drag him out on State occasions to try and prop up their fast-fading glory. We need a decent government in SA for all our sakes - especially the poor who are being robbed blind by ANC inefficiency and crookery.

      raath - 2012-07-19 11:38

      They're probably fabricating something as we speak...

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-07-18 22:24

    About time this case was concluded.

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-07-18 22:25

    About time this case was concluded.

  • chadjason.wilson - 2012-07-18 22:35

    These documents and tapes will require that the NPA had the necessary evidence to withdraw charges against Zuma. Rather than shredding, fabrication is required, and this can be a lot harder after the fact... Zuma could be in trouble.... even more so if he get's shunted in Bloem. Time will tell.

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-07-18 23:00

    ............ladiessssss and gentlemennnnnn....... and the next item on the program of the Boswell and Willkie Circus: the clowns making Hungarian Back Flips. I can just see how the civilised world must be p*ssing themselves laughing at yet Another Native Circus (ANC). Men of straw - the whole caboodle.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-07-19 00:00

    ok. Mr Z 15yrs in jail is on da way, u cnt hide 4eva. Viva Zille viva, i lyk ur strategy n honesty. Down anc down.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-19 00:17

    Why a reduced report, we like to see everything, what is hidden here?

  • theo.dupreez - 2012-07-19 00:28

    The real issue here is that we will never curb crime and corruption as long as the legal process that started after Sheik was found guilty, is not concluded one way or the other. If the perception is that we are corrupt from the very top (Zuma), how can we ever expect any other official to be doing his/ her job with integrity? The comment from the judge in the Sheik trial that Zuma and Sheik had a fraudulent and corrupt relationship , was never questioned, so what is there to haggle about. Court records are public domain.

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-07-19 02:19

    Circus of South African politics .This is another way of playing with our taxes.Because one hearing for this case course some million rands just for one hour how many books for school children and RDP houses . But if DA is going to pay all the counts no problem they must continue

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-19 02:25

    The NPA is as corrupt as the Peckerspear they are trying to protect..brothers in arms !! The ANC makes me sick !!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-19 03:29

    what do you expect from these snake heads?? they busy typing the whole process and checking and re chaecking if there is any flaws and mistakes they made so you cannot pick it up.But surely they gonna leave some contradictory statements which they would not understand that will reveal technical points and flaws in favour of the court to re open the case.

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-19 04:18

    DA's 67 seats against ANC 264 seats the madam will play dirty in the courts. Any DA member tell me who is DA deputy president?

      Khumo Mashifane - 2012-07-19 07:03

      @tshepo. very good ?uestion indeed. WHO IS THE DA DEPUTY PRESIDENT?

      Wayne - 2012-07-19 07:20

      @Tshepo Mongale - is seeking the truth through requiring that the court records be made public, considered "playing dirty" in your book? Why was the charges dropped and why has JZ's attornies fought tooth and nail to prevent the court records from being made public? Think my friend, think!

      coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-07-19 08:18

      Google it Thsepo. Having a majority of the votes sure as hell hasn't stopped the ANC from using dirty tactics.

  • christopher.phago - 2012-07-19 04:32

    Zuma nd his family must prepare them self 2 face the music in the court of law'zuma is thief

  • mpho.masilo.16 - 2012-07-19 06:53

    I wish thy get sumthg im sick nd tired ka jz

  • Simphiwe - 2012-07-19 06:59

    The NPA must hand over those records unexpunged

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