NPA to de­cide on fur­ther ac­tion in spy tapes case

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THE NA­TIONAL Prose­cu­tion­ing Author­ity ( NPA) yes­ter­day re­mained mum on the way for­ward re­gard­ing the so-called spy tapes case in which the High Court de­nied it leave to ap­peal against an ear­lier rul­ing to re­in­state hun­dreds of cor­rup­tion charges against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

Zuma also re­quested leave to ap­peal against the court’s ear­lier rul­ing to set aside a pre­vi­ous NPA de­ci­sion to drop cor­rup­tion and rack­e­teer­ing charges against him.

“A de­ci­sion will be made known within the proper time frame... there is presently no de­ci­sion,” spokes­woman Bulelwa Makeke yes­ter­day.

Last week the North Gaut­eng High Court dis­missed with costs the ap­pli­ca­tions for leave to ap­peal against its April judg­ment brought sep­a­rately by the NPA and Zuma.

De­liv­er­ing the unan­i­mous rul- ing, Judge Aubrey Led­waba said the court’s April judge­ment set aside the 2009 NPA de­ci­sion to drop the 783 crim­i­nal charges of rack­e­teer­ing and cor­rup­tion against Zuma was clear on how and why it ar­rived at that de­ci­sion.

Pe­ti­tion­ing the Supreme Court of Ap­peal ( SCA) in Bloem­fontein for the mat­ter to be heard by an­other court re­mains an op­tion for the NPA and Zuma.

How­ever, the DA, which first brought the mat­ter to court in 2009, said it be­lieved a pos­si­ble pe­ti­tion to the SCA would not suc­ceed, and Zuma would even­tu­ally stand trial.

The crim­i­nal charges were with­drawn by the then pros­e­cu­tions head Mokotedi Mp­she shortly be­fore the na­tional elec­tions brought Zuma to power.

The High Court’s April rul­ing found Mp­she’s de­ci­sion was ir­ra­tional, and he was un­der po­lit­i­cal pres­sure to with­draw the charges which stemmed from the multi­bil­lion-rand arms deal signed a decade ear­lier.

Court records show on April 6, 2009, Mp­she said tran­scripts of tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Scor­pi­ons boss Leonard McCarthy and for­mer NPA boss Bule­lani Ngcuka showed po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the de­ci­sion to charge Zuma.

The charges were with­drawn the fol­low­ing day. – ANA

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