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'Zuma must still get his day in court'

The DA says it will fight against the NPA head’s decision to appeal a court ruling on the Zuma spy tapes.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane.  Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says he's not surprised the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) has decided to appeal the High Court's decision which set aside the withdrawal of criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

He says NPA boss Shaun Abrahams has proven he was appointed as head of the authority to protect the president's interests.

Maimane says he will be fighting against the appeal.

"I've always maintained that Advocate Abrahams was deployed there to do Zuma's bidding. I am not surprised at all by the decision that he has taken to appeal the judgment. I think he wouldn't be surprised if I took a decision to say I would also be joining the application to make sure his appeal is unsuccessful."

WATCH: NPA to appeal controversial spy tapes ruling

The DA leader says Zuma must still get his day in court.

"We still believe that every South African must be equal under the law as Jacob Zuma is not unique to anyone of us. He must get what he has always wanted, his day in court."

The High Court in Pretoria ruled last month that the 2009 decision to withdraw corruption charges was irrational.

Then acting prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew the charges after considering representations from Zuma, among them the so-called Spy Tapes.

Meanwhile, Abrahams says the decision by the court on this case affects the legally protected discretion of prosecutors, to decide whether to prosecutor or not.

"This is an important matter of principle which affects all prosecutions. I believe it needs a decision from an appeal court."

The NPA head believes the national director of prosecutions is best placed make these decisions, not the courts.

"It is the national director who is best positioned to weigh the seriousness of abuse within his or her hierarchy."