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Mpshe dismisses Ngcuka's claims

Ngcuka said yesterday that Mpshe had given in to political pressure and helped a process that was illegal.

Former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head advocate Mokotedi Mpshe says Bulelani Ngcuka's claim that he gave in to political pressure while dropping corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma is merely his opinion.

Mpshe took the decision in 2009 after hearing phone conversations between his predecessor, Ngcuka and then former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy.

Yesterday, Ngcuka said in the Sunday Times that Mpshe had given in to political pressure and helped a process that was illegal.

Mpshe said he wasn't in a place where he could be recorded but that Ngcuka's claims are merely his opinion and that he has no other comment to make.

Ngcuka accuses Mpshe of engaging in obsequious grovelling to Zuma's legal team and claims the NPA is withholding some information.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance's James Selfe says this will strengthen the party's legal case that the decision to withdraw the charges was wrong.

"It does show that the decision to discontinue the prosecution was fundamentally irrational."

Their case is only expected to be heard next year.