Zuma charges decision not in the public interest, says NPA

The National Prosecuting Authority on Thursday concluded its arguments in the North Gauteng High...

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP

The National Prosecuting Authority on Thursday concluded its arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in the case involving the decision not to prosecute President Jacob Zuma..<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The NPA was opposing an application by the Democratic Alliance to gain copies of the decision by former head Mokotedi Mpshe to discontinue the prosecution involving charges of corruption.

The DA has argued that the public had a right to know why that decision was made.

Paul Kennedy, representing the NPA, told the court that what is of interest to the public is not necessarily of public interest from a legal perspective.

He said this meant that just because every person has an interest in an efficient and fair justice system, it does not entitle them to call for a review of decisions made by the prosecuting authority.

The DA has made an intermediate application asking the court to compel the NPA to hand over the records detailing the decision not to prosecute Zuma.

The party intends using those documents in a bid to have a court decide to review the decision which they claim was illogical and irrational.

On Wednesday, Zuma’s advocate, Kemp J Kemp, was expected to argue that a standing president is exempt from prosecution because such a situation would result in a constitutional crisis.