Will SCA spy tapes ruling bring matter to finality?

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says the withdrawal of the charges against President Jacob Zuma has caused SA undue and unnecessary strain for more than a decade and a half.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says it notes with a renewed hope the recent supreme court of appeal judgment to dismiss the appeals by President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to withdraw the 783 corruption charges against the president.

It says the judgement has set the parties involved and the country on a course that hopefully will soon bring to finality the matter.

The foundation says the withdrawal of the charges against the president has caused the country undue and unnecessary strain for more than a decade and a half.

The foundation's Thami Ntenteni said: “It will finally put to rest what has been a sustained narrative devoid of the truth that former president Thabo Mbeki unduly interfered with law enforcement agencies in an effort to ensure the prosecution of President Zuma.”

On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the NPA and President Zuma against a High Court order which set aside the decision to withdraw charges against the president.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled earlier this year that the 2009 decision to withdraw the 783 charges was irrational and set it aside which had the automatic effect of the charges being reinstated against the president.

Former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew criminal charges against Zuma in 2009, after considering representations from the president which included the so-called Spy Tapes.

When the parties argued the case three weeks ago, they conceded that Mpshe had relied on an incorrect provision in law to base his decision on.

Judge Eric Leach said that the NPA and President Zuma were correct to concede that the decision to withdraw criminal charges was not supported by law.

Zuma and the NPA were ordered to pay the costs of the failed application.

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Additional reporting by Barry Bateman.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)