ANC: No plea bargain for Zuma

The African National Congress flatly denied reports its leader Jacob Zuma would enter into a plea bargain...

ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The African National Congress flatly denied reports its leader Jacob Zuma would enter into a plea bargain with the state if the fraud and corruption case against him continued.

On Monday the Supreme Court of Appeal in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Bloemfontein would decide whether the National Prosecuting Authority’s charges against Zuma should stand.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court last year ruled that the charges were unconstitutional because the ANC president had not been given a chance to make representations beforehand.

The ruling party’s Carl Niehaus said Zuma’s lawyers and the NPA were on talking terms.

“There is absolutely no approach for a deal, but obviously there is going to be and there will continue to be and there has been discussions between Mr. Zuma’s lawyers and the NPA,” said Niehaus.