PROSE­CU­TORS TO DE­CIDE ON ZUMA CHARGES

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - — News24.

JOHANNESBURG — Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions (NDPP) Shaun Abra­hams has given prose­cu­tors un­til Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 23 to pro­vide him with their rec­om­men­da­tions on whether or not Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma should be pros­e­cuted.

Last month, just hours be­fore his dead­line, Zuma sub­mit­ted his rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) on why he should not be pros­e­cuted for the 2009 “Spy Tapes” saga. Zuma’s le­gal team claimed the tapes proved po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the de­ci­sion to charge him.

NPA spokesper­son Lu­vuyo Mfaku said the na­tional di­rec­tor will ad­vise on the way for­ward af­ter the pros­e­cut­ing team pro­vide their rec­om­men­da­tions.

Mean­while, the DA’s fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive chair James Selfe yes­ter­day ac­cused the NPA of us­ing de­lay­ing tac­tics by not pro­vid­ing them with Zuma’s rep­re­sen­ta­tions.

“We have asked for a copy of the rep­re­sen­ta­tions. We be­lieve that we are en­ti­tled to com­ment on them. Zuma’s le­gal team has no ob­jec­tion. The NPA is again de­lay­ing. We ask — on whose be­half?“

Zuma sub­mit­ted his rep­re­sen­ta­tions af­ter the dead­line was ex­tended from Novem­ber 30, 2017 to Jan­uary 31, 2018.

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