DA lambasted over timing of case against Zuma

The president’s legal team says the case is an attempt to undermine SA’s governance structures.

Legal counsel for the NPA, President Zuma and the DA in court for the Spy Tape saga on 1 March 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma's legal team has argued that the timing of the charges laid against him was an attempt to undermine the governance structures of the country by attempting to engineer a political outcome at the African National Congress's (ANC) conference.

This was among the president's submissions to oppose the Democratic Alliance's (DA) application to set aside the 2009 decision to withdraw the criminal charges against him.

Former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe made the decision after considering representations from Zuma, which included the so-called spy tapes.

The secret recording revealed how in 2007 Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy conspired to serve the indictment on Zuma at a particularly time in order to influence the outcome of the Polokwane conference.

Advcoate Kemp J Kemp says McCarthy's conduct was identified for what was by prosecutor Billy Downer after he himself heard the spy tapes.

"They're trying to manipulate the service of the indictment to get a favourable result at Polokwane."

Kemp says this conduct is not insignificant as has been argued by the DA.

"It is an enormous affront to ruin people's structures of governance. The choice of a president is of great importance."

The DA's legal team is expected to reply to these arguments today.