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Opposition parties call on NPA to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma

The Democratic Alliance’s Mabine Seabe says its time Zuma face the music after seven years.

President Jacob Zuma during the debate on President Jacob Zuma's Annual Address to the National House of Traditional Leaders held at Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria on 7 April 2016. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Opposition parties are now calling on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to reinstate over 700 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, in connection to the so-called spy tapes saga.

Yesterday, the High Court in Pretoria set aside former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe's decision to discontinue Zuma's prosecution on corruption charges.

Mpshe reached his decision after considering representations from Zuma which included secret recordings of former scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy

The so-called spy tapes showed that McCarthy and former NPA boss Bulelane Ngcuka had made political considerations,- while deciding on when to serve the indictment on Zuma.

The Democratic Alliance's Mabine Seabe says its time Zuma face the music after seven years.

"There was no logical or legal reason to drop the charges against President Jacob Zuma in the first place. President Jacob Zuma has long asked for his stay in and I think this is an opportunity for him to stay in court."

Congress of the People's Dennis Bloem says Zuma is now a suspected criminal.

"Nobody is above the law, Zuma must go and face the charges that he had evaded for more than seven years."

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba says Mpshe should not have taken the decision with withdraw the case against Zuma.

"The court of law is appropriate forum to deal with abuse of process doctrine not extra judicial process."

Ledwaba says the basis for the alleged abuse of process rested on legally untested allegations which were unrelated to the trial process and the charges.

"It is thus our view that Mr. Mpshe by not referring the complaint of abuse of process and the related allegations against Mr. McCarthy to court rendered his decision irrational."

The NPA says it's studying the judgment.

ZUMA MUST STEP DOWN

Legal experts and political leaders have praised the spy tapes judgement, with some saying it has cast South Africa's judiciary in a good light and others again calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions leader Zwelinzima Vavi says Zuma must now do the honorable thing and step down and face his charges in court.

Vavi said the ruling was not unexpected.

"Our judiciary has come to the party time in and time out to say that South Africa is not a banana republic and that no one is above the law. This is a great day for South Africa."

At the same time United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said the judgement has once again proved that the country's judiciary is independent and no one is above the law, even the president.

Holomisa said the judgement shows that Zuma is not fit to continuing leading South Africa.

"It's a challenge to Mr. Zuma himself and the ANC as to whether they're going to allow president Zuma to go to court instead of running the country or that he must step down."

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