Decision on Zuma corruption charges appeal expected today

Last month, three judges ruled that the former NPA head was wrong to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma attending a ceremony at the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga for the signing of the land claim agreement. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria will this morning reveal whether President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) can appeal its decision that the NPA must pursue corruption charges against the president.

Last month, three judges ruled that then NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe was wrong to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma in 2008.

But both Zuma and the NPA have applied for leave to appeal the ruling.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's confident that the judges will deny Zuma and the NPA leave to appeal their decision.

But if that happens, Zuma and the NPA are likely to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) directly.

They have argued that this ruling has implications for the power of the NPA and whether or not the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has the power to stop a prosecution, if he finds that prosecutors have behaved improperly.

Zuma's lawyers have said that the judges were wrong to find Mpshe acted secretly and disingenuously, when he decided to withdraw the charges against him.

They have also argued that the judges should not have reinstated the charges but merely struck down the decision to withdraw them.