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NPA’s time limited in stopping DA's bid against Zuma

Prosecution dropped the charges against President Jacob Zuma in April 2009 regarding the so-called spy tapes.

FILE: The NPA is expected to file its heads of argument today. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has until close of business on Wednesday to file its heads of argument in the Democratic Alliance's (DA) legal bid to have the decision to drop charges against President Jacob Zuma set aside.

It's the latest chapter in the long-running legal the party's been waging in its contention that the decision was irrational and is therefore illegal.

Former acting prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe dropped the charges in April 2009, relying on secret recordings of conversations involving former scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy - the so-called spy tapes.

The DA's James Selfe says the affidavit by NPA top prosecutor Billy Downer supports the party's argument that the decision to drop the charges was not based on any law.

"This affidavit vindicates the DA's position that the decision to drop the charges against Mr Zuma was indeed distinctly irrational."

Selfe says Downer's affidavit undercuts arguments to the contrary made by the NPA and Zuma's lawyers.

Selfe says the NPA is expected to file its heads of argument on Wednesday, while Zuma's lawyers have until 22 June, after which a date will be set for the High Court to hear the matter.