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NPA says assessing existence of witness in Zuma’s corruption case

The NPA says it has given the president until the end of November to make presentations not previously considered when the charges were dropped.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it has considered the Supreme Court of Appeal’s judgment in President Jacob Zuma’s corruption case before deciding to invite him to make new representations to the authority.

The court recently rejected the president’s attempt to set aside a previous judgment that ruled that he should face eight charges relating to 783 counts of fraud and racketeering.

The NPA says it has given the president until the end of November to make presentations not previously considered when the charges were dropped.

The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfako says the investigation team has indicated that it will need time to assess the existence of witnesses and documentary evidence before the authority can re-enroll the case.

“The investigating officer from the Hawks indicated that it will take him at least 30 days to establish the existence of witnesses.”

Mfako says should the president make submissions, they must relate to issues not previously considered ahead of the 2009 decision to drop the charges.

“And any representation that are made to the NPA must be representations that were not previously considered.”

The NPA has also extended an invitation to the Democratic Alliance who had initially brought the case to the courts to make their own representations.