NPA advisors to consult with police in corruption case against Zuma

The deadline for President Jacob Zuma to make fresh representations on why he should not be criminally charged lapsed on Thursday.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says a team of advisors will first consult with the police investigating team in the corruption case involving President Jacob Zuma before making recommendations to prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams.

The deadline for Zuma to make fresh representations on why he should not be criminally charged lapsed on Thursday.

The matter was referred to Abrahams after Zuma and the NPA conceded that the 2009 decision to withdraw charges against the president was irrational.

The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku says the five-member advisory team includes advocate Billy Downer who was part of the original prosecution team and who objected to charges being withdrawn against Zuma.

He says the team is led by KwaZulu-Natal prosecution head Moipane Noko.

“Once the team has engaged with the investigating officer, they will then provide the national director with timelines in terms of which they will be expected to make recommendations.”

Mfaku was unable to provide any details on Zuma’s representations or when he submitted them.