NPA misses deadline to oppose DA’s bid against Zuma

The NPA says it’s been trying to get in touch with Mokotedi Mpshe who withdrew Zuma's charges in 2009.

FILE. The NPA has missed its deadline to oppose the DA’s bid to have corruptions charges against Zuma reinstated. Picture: stock.xchng

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's missed deadlines to file legal papers opposing the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s bid to reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma because it's been difficult to meet advocate Mokotedi Mpshe, who made the final decision.

Mpshe was the acting head of the NPA when he announced the decision to withdraw the charges just before the 2009 general elections.

The DA says Zuma still has a case to answer relating to the money he received from controversial businessman Schabir Shaik.

The NPA's Velekhaya Mgobhozi says it's been difficult to get in touch with Mpshe because he's currently an acting judge.

"The acting judge has had a very tight schedule. He also deals with the court hearings all over the country and is therefore usually not available after hours for consultation."

Late last year Mpshe said he wasn't worried about the possibility that his decision could be overturned by a High Court.

He's been an acting judge in different provinces since stepping down from the NPA over five years ago.