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#SpyTapes: ‘Mpshe failed to properly consider factors when withdrawing charges’

Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew the charges in 2009 after considering representations from Jacob Zuma.

FILE: Advocate Sean Rosenberg is representing the DA in the Spy Tapes court case. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has argued that Former Prosecutions Boss Mokotedi Mpshe failed to properly consider all competing factors when he decided to withdraw criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Today was the last day of the party's application to have that decision set aside.

Mpshe withdrew the charges in 2009 after considering representations from Zuma, which included the so-called Spy Tapes.

The secret recording of Scorpions Head Leonard McCarthy revealed discussions about when to charge Zuma in order to influence the African National Congress Polokwane conference in 2007.

Advocate Sean Rosenberg says Mpshe incorrectly based his decision solely on McCarthy's conduct.

"There was no attempt to have regard to the seriousness of the charges, no attempt to have any proper regard to whether this was an end justifying the means case."

He says Mpshe narrowly confined his reasoning to his own sense of impropriety.

"It was an impulsive and emotional decision which we say, by its very nature, was an irrational decision."

The bench has reserved judgment.