Mbeki Foundation: Zuma prosecution ruling will clear Mbeki's name

NPA boss Shaun Abrahams is expected to inform President Jacob Zuma’s legal team this week whether he will consider fresh representations from him on why he should not be prosecuted.

FILE: Former President Thabo Mbeki participates in the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment against President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the spy tapes matter will finally put to rest the lack of truth that’s shrouded the former president.

The foundation says that people will now realise that Mbeki had never unduly interfered with law enforcement agencies to prevent Zuma from succeeding him as African National Congress (ANC) president and leader of the country.

Spokesperson Thami Ntenteni says: “We’d like to urge the NPA to act accordingly and speedily in the interest of justice and the country in order to bring to finality this matter.”

Meanwhile, the NPA boss Shaun Abrahams is expected to inform Zuma’s legal team this week whether he will consider fresh representations from him on why he should not be prosecuted.

The Supreme Court of Appeal reaffirmed on Friday the High Court’s finding that the decision to discontinue the case against Zuma in 2009 was irrational.

This latest ruling has cleared the way for the NPA to proceed with its case.

It was around this time a decade ago that discussions by senior NPA officials on when to serve an indictment on Zuma would ultimately result in him having the case discontinued.

Following Friday’s ruling, questions of serving an indictment and representation considerations are once again dominating talks in the prosecuting authority’s top office.

Zuma has asked Abrahams not to summons him to court until his lawyers have studied the judgment and have had an opportunity to make submissions as to why he should not be prosecuted.

On Friday, Abrahams said he was considering the request and would notify the president in a few days.

Critics say that with the widely held perception that Abrahams was appointed to save Zuma, this is one decision that could test his integrity.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)