'Zuma corruption charges untrue, in poor taste'

Zuma’s lawyer has lodged his formal legal response to the DA’s application.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, on Thursday said claims Zuma had promised to appoint Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe as National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head permanently if he dropped the corruption charges against him are vexatious, in poor taste and absolutely untrue.

Hulley has lodged Zuma's formal legal response to the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s application to overturn Mpshe's 2009 decision to withdraw charges against him.

Mpshe said he had withdrawn the charges because recordings had emerged showing some of his top officials were manipulating the case against Zuma.

Hulley said it was clear this claim that Mpshe would be rewarded for dropping these charges by being made NPA head permanently were wrong, because the charges were withdrawn and Mpshe was not appointed.

He went on to say that Mpshe was simply confronted with the reality that the picture of sainted knighthood claimed by the NPA regarding the Zuma prosecution was 'simply false'.

Hulley said it couldn't be claimed the prosecuting team was untainted by the NPA's manipulation of the case.

He said there was nothing to suggest Mpshe didn't make his decision honestly, as the Zuma camp had initially seen him as hostile to their application to drop the charges.