Pikoli: ANC should have charged Zuma

Vusi Pikoli says Zuma should have been charged for bringing the party into disrepute.

Former NPA head Vusi Pikoli. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli says the African National Congress (ANC) should have charged President Jacob Zuma for bringing the party into disrepute.

Pikoli says the revelation that Zuma had engaged in unprotected sex with a woman should not have been ignored.

The admission emerged during Zuma's rape trial but the charges were dismissed in 2006 after it was found the relationship was consensual.

But Pikoli says Zuma had damaged the ANC's image through his conduct and questioned why he was portrayed as the victim of a political conspiracy.

"Putting aside the acquittal, at a minimum, the movement should have charged Mr Zuma for bringing the organisation into disrepute. I suppose there was too much sympathy for him. I don't know why he was not charged."

Pikoli was suspended from his job in 2007 and ultimately reached an out of court settlement with government.

He maintains he was sidelined in order to stop the prosecution of former police chief Jackie Selebi.