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Spy Tapes: DA hopes court bid will be heard by September

The party launched a court bid to have criminal charges reinstated against President Jacob Zuma.

FILE. DA leader Helen Zille addresses the media outside the North Gauteng High Court on 4 September 2014. Picture: Twitter via DA_News

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday it's hopeful its court bid to have the decision to drop criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma reviewed and set aside will be heard before the end of September.

The party has been involved in a protracted legal battle to get the matter heard since the day after then acting prosecutions head Mokotedi Mpshe announced Zuma's prosecution on charges including fraud and racketeering would not go ahead.

If the court orders the decision be set aside, the president could face the reinstatement of the charges against him.

But DA Member of Parliament Glynnis Breytenbach, said finality in the matter will depend on the calibre of the person heading up the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

"Finality in this matter relies upon the existence of an independent national director being in office and that is the reason why the departure of Mxolisi Nxasana was so very disappointing. He brought direction and stability to an NPA left leaderless for many years."