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DA casts further doubt on Mpshe's reasoning on Zuma charges

Jun 10 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 356 | Comments: 0

Mokotedi Mpshe (Beeld)

The Democratic Alliance on Friday cast further doubt on former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe's reasoning in deciding not to prosecute President Jacob Zuma seven years ago.  

On April 6, 2009, Mpshe had stated that transcripts of telephone conversations between then-Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy and former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka showed that there had been political contamination in the decision to charge Zuma on more than 700 corruption charges.

The discussion between the two was said to be about the timing of serving Zuma with the indictment ahead of the ANC's elective conference where Zuma challenged then-president Thabo Mbeki for the party's leadership.

Mpshe dropped the charges against Zuma shortly before the national elections which resulted in Zuma taking the presidential seat.

Earlier this year, the High Court found that Mpshe had acted irrationally.

On Friday David Borgstrom questioned why, if Mpshe felt so strongly about the political conspiracy, did he not take action against McCarthy.

"If McCarthy had acted so badly, action would have been taken to avoid repetition," said Borgstrom.

Instead, Mpshe said he would further investigate the matter. Nothing ever came of this.

Zuma has the power

Borgstrom was presenting arguments before the High Court in Pretoria where the NPA and Zuma’s lawyers wanted leave to appeal the court’s April 29, 2016, decision to review and set aside Mpshe's 2009 decision to not prosecute Zuma.

The NPA argued that the High Court had erred when it ruled that Zuma should face the charges outlined in the 2009 indictment.

Hilton Epstein for the NPA explained that once the corruption case against Zuma was struck off the roll seven years ago, it was up to the National Director of Public Prosecutions to decide which charges it wished to reinstate or drop, not the court.

Judgment in the matter was reserved.

Speaking after the adjournment, Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane said Zuma had the power to conclude this matter once and for all.

"Certainly our invitation to the NPA is to charge Jacob Zuma. This is simply the quickest way of dealing with this matter. If Jacob Zuma doesn't have a case to answer for, then let him prove that in court but actually all these delays that are carrying on for weeks and months on end are actually a waste of taxpayers money," said Maimane.

He estimated that millions of state funds had already been pumped in to the lengthy court case. 

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