Mpshe declines to comment

2014-10-10 16:15

Johannesburg - Former acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe declined to comment on reports on Friday that he had been informed that the corruption case against President Jacob Zuma carried "utmost gravity".

"I have no comments until the matter is heard in court," he told Sapa.

Beeld newspaper reported on Friday that the graft case against President Jacob Zuma carried "utmost gravity" and he was part of a broad corruption scheme intended to benefit the ANC in perpetuity.

The case against Zuma was strong and would also show that the ruling party was meant to be an "eternal beneficiary" in an "extended scheme of corruption", senior National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Billy Downer, who wanted to prosecute Zuma, wrote in a memorandum in 2009.


The memo was addressed to Mpshe who was the then acting national director of public prosecutions, according to the report.

A month later, Mpshe dropped the corruption charges against Zuma.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj has yet to respond to e-mailed questions sent to him earlier on Friday.

The ANC could also not be immediately reached for comment.

In the memorandum, obtained by Beeld, Downer wrote that the case against Zuma carried "utmost gravity".

He said the Scorpions investigation originated in the arms deal probe, but the ultimate investigation and the basis of the indictment was only fractionally related to the deal.

Downer wrote that in reality it was an "overriding and pervasive scheme of corruption", designed to be of extraordinary duration and ultimately to keep Zuma indefinitely on the payroll of the company of his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik.

Both Zuma and the ANC would benefit from this scheme.

"The mode of conferring benefits on Zuma extended to the ANC and Zuma in his capacity as the highest office-bearer of the ANC which was also to be an eternal beneficiary in the extended scheme of corruption," Downer reportedly wrote.


"To accede to the representations in a summary manner would abandon all the ground won by the expense of extraordinary effort and resources and with the approval of the highest courts in our country.

"A retreat for no good reason at this stage would not be explicable, understandable or defensible."

Mpshe announced on 6 April 2009 that the charges against Zuma would be dropped because there was a political conspiracy against him.

Shaik was found guilty of corruption and fraud in 2005. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail, but served only two years before being released on medical parole.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2014-10-10 16:36

    Nothing more obvious - to a normal man.

  • Henk Els - 2014-10-10 16:42

    Rotten to the core, both leader and his beloved Idiot Party that looks after him so well.

  • Khuliso Mutsha - 2014-10-10 16:47

    ANC is under serious attack from the enermy, these people are trying everything to rule from the grave, all institutions are being used to fight the revolutionary movement. Some are awarding Public Protector all in a bid to support her undergroundwork. All these tactics will not work. ANC lead.

      JMaree - 2014-10-10 16:54

      People are fighting against corruption, anc just happen to be the culprit! Open your eyes, your going to walk into a tree!

      Thembile Lamani - 2014-10-10 17:04

      Would you rather go to court to prove these allegations,nhe? I think,maybe,if these allegations are proven in court,you will be happy.Only problem the ANC doesn't want to go to court,what do you say to that?? There is no black/white here,just the truth!!

      steven.marshal.98 - 2014-10-10 17:25

      It's sad to see that you believe there's still a revolutionary movement in the ANC. Stop supporting corruption, you're not getting a handout.

      Andile Sityebi - 2014-10-10 17:25

      Yes (z)anc leads us to hell!!

      King Swayi - 2014-10-10 17:39

      It's either you're joking or your brains need a charger asap.

  • Mark Smith - 2014-10-10 17:05

    Gravity pulls you down utmost gravity floors you.

  • Andile Sityebi - 2014-10-10 17:19

    This president is an epitome of corruption.

  • steven.marshal.98 - 2014-10-10 17:22

    Mr. Mpshe, I hope you have your story straight when you're on the stand being cross-examined.

  • amadeus.geldenhuys - 2014-10-10 17:54

    Oops the noose is tightening around the giggler's neck We will dance in the streets when he goes down.

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-10-10 18:03

    they are going to hang you out to dry mark my words and the DA will get your ass

  • Johan Diedericks - 2014-10-10 18:14

    Qualified education? Doubt it!

  • Richard Nieckau - 2014-10-10 18:27

    Would you trust that face...?

  • Phelamanga - 2014-10-10 18:35

    Affirmative Action, BBE and all the rest should not take place in a democratic country simply because it is unfair discrimination based on race. In a society that is expanding financially, that is a manufacturing or producer nation and is focused on expanding enterprise and the ownership of businesses and services, there would be no need to disadvantage one sector of the population to uplift the rest. However, these policies were to ensure that loyal party members were so placed that they could access state funds and channel these funds into the ANC. They would also be so placed in companies and multinationals despite not having the right qualification, but merely as window dressing, to get paid high salaries or allowances a portion if which would be paid to the ANC. This would ensure that the ANC would always have the financial clout to win elections and stay in power. In reality, the ANC became too bloated. There were too many employees demanding high salaries and expensive life styles and this has led to the largest cabinet in the history of the world, and a national loss of some R63billion in the past five years, mostly channelled into the ANC and spent frivolously. The ANC can only take the country in one direction now and that is in the direction of a one party state. The worms are coming out of the woodwork are such a rapid rate that the party can only look inward to protect itself and this is epitomized by the rabid protection of just one corrupt and compromised man. The top echelon were owed by him for their support of him, now they owe their expensive existences to him.

  • Aubrey Christie - 2014-10-10 20:18

    Once a skelem always a skelem.if the top dog of the npa can lie through hie teeth just where is the integrity in this institution. Eish what a utter shame.

  • argie.kgomo - 2014-10-11 07:15

    The idiot misled the country as a whole,he must be sentenced to death with all his corrupt to the core goons,yet the talk courts courts courts,imbeciles.

  • Charl-Bradford Stringer - 2014-10-11 11:04

    He has made the TRAITOR OF THE NATION list.. The man and his family is going down...

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