DA: NPA in contempt on Zuma corruption matter

The DA says by failing to file its heads of argument on time, the NPA is in contempt of a high court order.

FILE: Former DA leader, Helen Zille, addressing members of her party outside the High Court in Pretoria ahead of the handing over of Jacob Zuma spy tapes on 4 September 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has again failed to file its legal papers in a court application to review the controversial decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The opposition political party says by failing to file its heads of argument on time, the NPA is in contempt of a high court order.

In March this year, all parties involved in this case agreed to a timeline for filing documents.

The party says the NPA's 'chronic tardiness' serves no other purpose than to frustrate the legal process, which has been hit by delays for more than six years.

The authority had originally agreed to file its heads of argument last Friday but missed the deadline.

It then requested to file its papers by the close of business on Monday, but apparently didn't.

There are now suggestions it might do so on Wednesday.

The DA wants the decision by former acting prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe to drop corruption charges against Zuma in 2009 declared irrational.

The party wants the decision set aside.