NPA boss to announce decision on so-called Zuma spy tapes

The NPA will respond to a court ruling ordering a review of its decision to drop 783 corruption charges.

FILE: National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma is expected to find out today whether the protracted spy tapes saga will once again be extended.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams is scheduled to announce his decision today following a High Court ruling last month which set aside the 2009 decision to withdraw charges against the president.

The court ruled that the decision was irrational as the state had a strong case against the accused.

Despite the strong case against the president and the willingness of the prosecuting team to proceed in the matter, it does appear unlikely that the president will soon have his day in court.

Abrahams demonstrated last year, when he withdrew charges against his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba, that he is willing to disregard the recommendations of prosecutors and the strengths of a case.

An internal legal opinion, which Abrahams had requested from advocate Jan Ferreira, shows that the prosecutors believed that they had a strong case and were ready to proceed.

In 2009, prosecutor Billy Downer objected to the decision to withdraw charges against Zuma and was confident of their case.

It remains to be seen which factors Abrahams will consider when he announces this important decision today.

(Edited By Shimoney Regter)