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NPA to oppose DA's bid to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma

The NPA claim that recordings were proof of a political conspiracy against the president.

File: The NPA intends to file its papers before the court deadline. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has officially told the Democratic Alliance (DA) that it will oppose its bid to reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Last week, the DA said it placed its case against the NPA on the unopposed roll because the NPA hadn't properly filed its responding affidavits.

It wanted a judge to review the decision to withdraw charges against Zuma just before the 2009 elections, after his financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, was found guilty of corruption.

The NPA's Velekhaya Mgobhozi said, "The NPA intends to file its papers before the court deadline. This will mean that the case will have to be removed from an unopposed roll."

Last year, the DA said it had all the relevant documents it needed from the prosecuting authority, to prove that a decision not to prosecute the president for corruption was wrong.

The NPA claimed that the recordings were proof of a political conspiracy against the president.

The DA's James Selfe said they'd gone through the NPA's entire record of this decision with a fine-toothed comb.

The case is expected to be heard in March.