#SpyTapes: NPA has 15 days to decide on response to ruling

The NPA says its head Shaun Abrahams will address the nation with the final decision.

FILE: A screen grab of President Jacob Zuma.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it has until 23 May to decide on its response to the spy tapes ruling.

The North Gauteng High Court set aside the decision by former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe to withdraw corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma back in 2009.

It found that Mpshe breached a cardinal legal rule by not continuing with the prosecution, the charges include fraud, corruption and racketeering and stem from the 1999 arms deal.

In April, Judge Aubrey Ledwaba found that the decision taken by Mpshe to drop corruption charges against Zuma was irrational.

He further ruled that the matter needed to be reviewed.

The NPA has been studying the judgment, with a decision expected to be made soon.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku says their deadline is in less than two weeks.

"We have 15 days within which to make a decision whether to appeal or not. It is 15 court days, weekends and public holidays are excluded."

Mfaku says NPA head Shaun Abrahams will address the nation with the final decision.

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