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NPA sets 30 November deadline for new info in Zuma corruption case

The NPA says Jacob Zuma himself has until that date to submit any further envisaged representations as does the Democratic Alliance.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has set a deadline of 30 November for any new submissions before it decides whether to reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The NPA says Zuma himself has until that date to submit any further envisaged representations as does the Democratic Alliance.

The prosecuting authority says any more submissions by the president must relate to issues not previously considered ahead of the 2009 decision to drop the charges.

The NPA's Luvuyo Mfako says while the authority considers the judgment, it had been in communication with the president's lawyers before it was handed down.

“We would want them to make the representation before the end of November, that is 30th November 2017 and because the investigating officer from the Hawks has indicated that it would take him at least 30 days to establish the existence of witnesses.”

The investigation team also has until the end of November to assess the availability of witnesses and any factors that may impact the feasibility of the re-enrollment of the matter.

Mfako said: “We have outlined that these are the issues that were previously considered. And any representations that are made to the NPA must be representations that were not previously considered, they must be representations relating to new information.”

The Supreme Court of Appeal rejected the president's attempt t o set aside a previous judgment that ruled that he should face eight charges relating to 783 counts of fraud and racketeering.