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NPA to give DA 'Zuma documents'

NPA is preparing to handover documents to the DA relating to corruption charges against Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it is committed to handing over documents, requested by the Democratic Alliance.

In March, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the NPA to hand over the record of decision relating to the withdrawal of corruption charges against South African President Jacob Zuma in 2009.

But the NPA failed to do so.

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

The NPA's Mthunzi Mhaga said they were busy collating the paperwork.

"The reason for the delay in providing them with the relevant information is because the process is taking longer than we had anticipated; it involves transcribing the records, verifying the records and then submitting the records that are subject to representation, which [in turn] is subject to the confidentiality rule."

The DA wants to establish whether the decision to withdraw corruption charges was rationally and legally motivated.

DA leader Helen Zille said it was unprecedented for the NPA to be in contempt of court.

"That must be unheard of in a constitutional democracy. This can only be because they are determined not to give us that information because it is so damning, or because they want to spin this out long enough to prevent President Zuma ever having to explain the allegations and charges against him."

She said the NPA did hand over some documents, but none related to the decision to withdraw charges against Zuma.

The DA did not receive any of the transcripts of the infamous spy tapes.

"As far as we can tell, it is unprecedented for the NPA to be in contempt of court. It is untellable that the institution of state constitutionally mandated to withhold the law without fear or favour and has blatantly defied an order of the Supreme Court of Appeal."

Zille said the DA will continue to pursue the matter until they are given the documents.

"This records is essential in the DA's case, which seeks to establish whether the decision to withdraw charges against Jacob Zuma in 2009 was rational and legally motivated or not."

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