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NPA denies Zuma cover up

The NPA says it is simply taking time to get all the documents together.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga. Picture: Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Wednesday denied claims that it was trying to cover up abuse of state power by not handing over documents to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

In March, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ordered the NPA to hand over records of its decision relating to the 2009 withdrawal of corruption charges against Jacob Zuma.

But, the prosecuting body failed to do so.

On Wednesday, the DA announced plans to launch a court application against the NPA for contempt of court.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said it was simply taking time to get all the documents together.

"We are saying the process is taking longer than predicted."

Earlier, DA leader Helen Zille said the party instructed its lawyers to lodge an application with the North Gauteng High Court to compel the NPA to hand over the documents.

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

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

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

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