NDPP 'not in contempt of court'

2013-07-24 14:37

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Pretoria - The national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) is not in contempt of court for failing to file transcripts of tapes, which led to corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma being dropped, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Advocate Paul Kennedy, for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said it would have been "improper" for the NDPP to file the documents if Zuma had objections to this.

"If there is an objection, there must be an opportunity to raise it. The NDPP will not take sides in the matter," he said.

If Zuma's legal team objected, then that "would not be the end of the matter".

He said the NPA avoided taking a unilateral decision on whether the documents formed part of the court record.

"We have no objection to handing over the documents - the transcripts or the recordings," Kennedy said.

"But we owe a duty of confidentiality to Mr Zuma's legal team because that is the basis on which the representations were made."

In March 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal gave the NPA 14 days to produce the documents.

Advocate Sean Rosenberg, for the DA, argued earlier that the NPA was in contempt of court, as it did not produce the documents.

He said the documents were handed to Zuma's legal team, but this was not followed up.

"[It]... did absolutely nothing and took absolutely no steps to ensure compliance in some reasonable form with the filing of the record within 14 days," Rosenberg said.

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