Conference‚ timing bad reasons for NPA to drop Zuma's 783 charges: SCA

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

At the hearing, Kemp said "what then must happen is that the representations would have to be considered by the NPA, because they have never been".

The 18 charges were subsequently withdrawn, just before Zuma was sworn in for his first term as president.

The NPA is "interrogating" the decision.

Mpshe's decision was immediately challenged by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in a case that dragged on for 8 years. The charges now stand, and a court of law must hear this matter.

Both the NPA and Zuma turned to the SCA after the High Court denied them direct access for an appeal.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane threatened to approach another court if Abrahams failed to charge Zuma within the next nine days.

"His actions over the last decade smack of a desperate attempt to avoid this eventuality".

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Zuma, who is on an official visit to Zambia, could now contest the ruling by appeal to the Constitutional Court.

"We estimate that Zuma's delaying tactics in the courts to date have cost the taxpayers upwards of R30 million".

In another scandal, Zuma was forced to reimburse some state money after the Constitutional Court ruled against him past year in a dispute over millions of dollars spent on his private home. "Let's allow that process to take its course and then the ANC will decide thereafter", he said. "Accordingly, the ANC will study the judgment and await decisions from the affected parties before making a comprehensive statement on this matter", ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

"It is incumbent on the ANC that, as these charges have been put back at the door of the president of the ANC, that it sits and thinks hard about how it (ANC) will proceed with a president who is facing so many serious charges".

He said the reasons for discontinuing the prosecution provided by Mpshe "do not bear scrutiny for the record themselves" on which he relied upon.

The presidency has responded to the judgment, saying that it would mean that the NPA would have to also consider the representations that Zuma made to it.

The organisation said the suitability of Shaun Abrahams to continue to hold office as the National Director of Public Prosecutions must now be seriously questioned because his tenure continued to bring the NPA into disrepute.

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