NPA won’t reinstate spy tapes charges against Zuma, will appeal ruling instead

National director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams annouces that he will take the Jacob Zuma spy tapes matter on appeal.
National director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams annouces that he will take the Jacob Zuma spy tapes matter on appeal.

The National Prosecuting Authority will seek leave to appeal a court ruling that corruption charges must be reinstated against President Jacob Zuma. 

“I believe it needs the decision of an appeal court,” national director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams told reporters in Pretoria today. 

“My decision has been made after much consideration.” 

Before announcing this, Abrahams went to great lengths to explain how independent he is, saying: “I will carry out my duties ... without fear or favour or prejudice. 

“I will always do what is correct, irrespective of whether the individual is an ordinary person, a cabinet minister or a sitting president,” said Abrahams. 

On April 29, the full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found Zuma should face the 783 charges of corruption. 

After a seven-year battle by the Democratic Alliance, the court ruled that the decision to discontinue the prosecution against Zuma should be reviewed and set aside. 

On April 6 2009, Mokotedi Mpshe, who was head of the NPA at the time, said transcripts of telephone conversations between then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy and former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka showed political interference in the decision to charge Zuma. 

The charges were withdrawn in the high court in Durban on April 7 2009. 

Last month, the high court in Pretoria found that Zuma should indeed face corruption charges after Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba said Mpshe had come under pressure and had, therefore, decided to discontinue the prosecution against Zuma. – News24

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