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DA: Zuma's court papers don't deal with merits of the case

The DA’s says Zuma’s responding court papers don’t answer the main questions against him.

DA leader Helen Zille stands outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria with the so-called Zuma spy tapes on 4 September 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims that submissions made by President Jacob Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, in response to its bid to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma, don't answer the main questions against him.

On Thursday, Hulley lodged legal papers claiming that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had conspired against Zuma and that the DA was motivated by a desire to inflict maximum harm upon him.

In 2009, then NPA acting head Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew the charges, saying there was evidence senior NPA officials had manipulated the case against Zuma.

The DA's James Selfe says Hulley's papers don't deal with the merits of their case.

"And it's nothing more or less than a politically motivated move against the DA, it doesn't address the issues"

In the affidavits, Hulley claims Mokotedi was going to be rewarded by becoming the permanent NPA head for dropping the charges were untrue.

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would be rewarded for dropping these charges by being made NPA head permanently were wrong, because the charges were withdrawn and Mpshe was not appointed.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.