Zuma spy tapes case: NPA’s failure to meet judicial deadlines is contempt

The DA says the NPA simply ignored deadlines issued by the court.

FILE: Yesterday former NPA acting head Mokotedi Mpshe filed a supplementary affidavit in the case. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) failure to comply with judicial deadlines to submit legal papers in the Zuma charges case is tantamount to contempt of court.

Yesterday, former NPA acting head Mokotedi Mpshe filed a supplementary affidavit in the case but the NPA itself missed another deadline to file papers by the end of last week.

The DA is asking a judge to overturn Mpshe's 2009 decision to withdraw corruption charges against now President Jacob Zuma.

The DA's James Selfe says the NPA has simply ignored deadlines in this case.

"There were very clear deadlines in order of court back in March. The NPA has hardly kept one of them. They then said they will file the heads of argument by Friday; Friday came and went."

But the NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku says these delays won't impact the date on when the case will actually be heard.

"Our council had initially indicated that we are ready to approach the JP for the date on which the matter can be heard."

He says they will lodge their papers by the end of this week.

The DA also says while Mpshe has now explained part of his role in the decision to formally charge Zuma with corruption, no one has yet shown there was no criminal case against the president.

Yesterday, Mpshe said then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy had told him that if Zuma were charged before the African National Congress' 2007 Polokwane conference it would destabilise the country.

Selfe claims all of the arguments put forward by the NPA don't address the real issue in this case

"No one ever deals with the matter that there was a valid case against President Zuma that was right for the prosecution. The only matter that is in contention is the alleged manipulation of the timing."

While Mfaku has promised they will keep to a new deadline to file more legal papers

"Actually we've made an undertaking that our heads will be field within this week."

The DA first lodged this case over five years ago.