Zuma to make representations to the NPA

The National Prosecuting Authority said it was expecting to receive representations from African...

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

The National Prosecuting Authority said it was expecting to receive representations from African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma in ten days time.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Zuma’s legal team was hoping that his submissions would be enough to convince prosecutors to withdraw the charges against him.

Several charges, including corruption, were reinstated earlier this week when the Supreme Court of Appeal overruled the so-called Judge Chris Nicholson judgment.

These representations could take several forms but it seemed most likely that Zuma would write and sign several affidavits.

He and other ANC officials said these papers could include information that would point an accusing finger at other figures in the Arms Deal.

The Mail & Guardian newspaper said these included former president Thabo Mbeki and Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota but both denied the claims.

Any information that Zuma would offer would have to convince prosecutors that he did not take money from Schabir Shaik with corrupt intent but this did not appear to be the run up to any kind of deal.