NPA: McCarthy saw it his duty to advance Mbeki's interests

The NPA filed its heads of argument in the DA’s application to overturn the 2009 decision against Zuma.

FILE: The NPA says Leonard McCarthy saw it his duty as head of the Scorpions to advance the political interests of one faction of the ANC just before the Polokwane conference. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says in new papers lodged as part of the Democratic Alliance (DA)/Zuma case, that then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy saw his role as inextricable linked to protecting and advancing the interests of then President Thabo Mbeki, at the time he decided to charge now President Jacob Zuma with corruption.

It also says that while the DA tries to minimise the importance of the conversations caught on the Zuma spy tapes, they are critical, because they show how McCarthy's decisions about the Zuma prosecution were politically motivated.

The NPA has filed its heads of argument in the DA's application to overturn the 2009 decision to withdraw charges against Zuma.

In these papers the NPA says McCarthy saw it his duty as head of the Scorpions to advance the political interests of one faction of the African National Congress just before the Polokwane conference.

It also says the team that was actually prosecuting Zuma saw the timing of lodging charges against him as 'significant' and that it could have far-reaching consequences.

The papers claim they believed any decision to delay the prosecution for reasons unconnected to it was improper, even if the reason was to avoid instability.

The NPA also strongly disagrees with the legal interpretation of the actual decision to withdraw the charges, saying it was a policy decision that did not have to take into account whether there was a strong case against Zuma.