Zuma, Masutha still waiting for summons

2015-07-21 18:10
Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma and Justice Minister Michael Masutha have not yet been served with summonses relating to charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice laid against them by watchdog group Accountability Now.

This registered NPO works to keep political leaders accountable for their actions.

The complaint has to do with the R17m payout to former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana. 

"We will deal with it as and when the minister and the presidency are served with [a] summons," justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told News24 on Tuesday. 

Paul Hoffman, the director of Accountability Now, told News24 that police would approach the National Prosecuting Authority with the case, who would then decide whether to prosecute or not. 

"It is a test of the NPA, and a test of their new leader," he said. 

Zuma appointed Shaun Abrahams as NDPP following Nxasana's exit. 

If the NPA decided not to persecute, it would issue a certificate of nolle prosequi (will not prosecute). 

"If we get that certificate, we will prosecute ourselves [privately]."

The civil complaint was laid at the Ocean View police station in Cape Town on Monday.

The charges are in terms of Section 9 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

Hoffman explained earlier that the Constitution said the NDPP must act independently and without fear or favour. There must also not be any interference in the functioning of the NDPP.

In May, a commission of inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office was called off at the last minute by Zuma's office and it was later reported that Nxasana had received a R17m settlement to leave.

Accountability Now believes the settlement is a corrupt activity and could be a contravention of Section 9(2)(d) of the Act.

This is because it allegedly shows favour to Zuma, by vacating office rather than pursuing charges relating to his home in Nkandla, or the charges that were dropped against Zuma after his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik was convicted of corruption for facilitating a bribe to Zuma from an arms company.

Shaik is on parole.

The organisation included allowing "certain well connected wedding guests" to land at Waterkloof Air Force Base - a reference to guests landing at the base in a private jet to attend a Gupta family wedding - and "defeating the ends of justice by spiriting [Sudanese President Omar] al-Bashir out of the country" to its complaint.

Bashir managed to leave the country after an African Union summit, in spite of an order to all border posts to prevent his exit pending an application to have him handed to the International Criminal Court to face accusations of crimes against humanity and genocide.

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