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‘Ngcuka, McCarthy used NPA as a political tool’

Court papers suggest Ngcuka and McCarthy used the NPA as a political tool to keep Thabo Mbeki in power.

In a 154-page affidavit, Asset Forfeiture Unit head Willie Hofmeyr detailed how Ngcuka, working through McCarthy, allegedly manipulated Zuma's prosecution for political purposes. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Court papers filed on Tuesday suggested that former prosecutions boss Bulelani Ngcuka and Scorpions Head Leonard McCarthy used the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as a political tool to help keep former president Thabo Mbeki in power.

The papers were filed by the NPA - it's opposing a bid by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have the decision to drop fraud and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma reviewed and set aside.

In a 154-page affidavit, Asset Forfeiture Unit head Willie Hofmeyr detailed how Ngcuka, working through McCarthy, allegedly manipulated Zuma's prosecution for political purposes.

Ngcuka was no longer at the NPA but according to the affidavit, he still pulled the strings to direct what was known as the 'Zuma prosecution'.

The former prosecutions boss chief agent was McCarthy, who the affidavit claims, regularly met former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils to discuss strategy and take messages to their political master, Mbeki.

The DA's James Selfe said, "In the end it's not for the NPA to decide if that process was either politically tainted or flawed in any way; that is for a judge to decide."

Hofmeyr's affidavit said the decision to drop the charges against Zuma was correct because the record showed McCarthy manipulated his prosecution for an ulterior purpose.