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DA lodges court application against NPA

The DA is still waiting for the NPA to hand over documents on the withdrawal of Zuma charges.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday lodged a court application against the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for contempt of court.

In a March judgment, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the NPA to produce a record of all documents that led to the 2009 withdrawal of criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

But the NPA failed to meet its two-week deadline, as well as additional extensions.

DA leader Helen Zille said the party has instructed its lawyers to lodge an application with the North Gauteng High Court to compel the NPA.

She questioned whether there is in fact a record to produce or if the decision is political.

The NPA dropped the charges when it became apparent that Zuma would become the next president.

Acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe said it was "neither possible nor desirable for the NPA to continue with the prosecution of Mr Zuma".

Opposition parties, including the United Democratic Movement (UDM), slammed the NPA's decision to drop the charges.

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