Zuma lawyers approach NDPP on new submissions

The NDPP says President Jacob Zuma has asked to first study today’s ruling on the so-called Spy Tapes before giving submissions.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has confirmed it’s received correspondence from legal counsel for President Jacob Zuma requesting an opportunity to submit representations.

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday morning affirmed the High Court’s 2009 ruling that Mokotedi Mpshe’ s decision to discontinue the prosecution of Zuma was irrational.

Zuma had been facing 18 charges relating to 783 suspicious transactions of alleged corruption.

The NDPP says the president has asked to first study today’s ruling before giving submissions.

The office says it’s considering the requests and will communicate its decision in due course.

The Presidency has acknowledged that the only legitimate decision made by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is the one to prosecute the president.

Zuma had relied on the interception of phone calls between senior NPA and Scorpions officials to claim there was a political conspiracy against him.

It was for this reason that charges were dropped.

But Judge Eric Leach says the conclusions drawn by the NPA’s Mpshe were speculative and not supported by the recorded conversations.

“The allegations by Mr Hofmyer of political machinations on the part of Mr McCarthy were irrelevant because they were unconnected to the integrity of the investigation of their case against Mr Zuma and the prosecution itself.”

The Presidency has confirmed it intends making fresh representations to prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams.

READ: The SCA's judgment on Zuma's Spy Tapes appeal

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