[LISTEN] Political ramifications of Zuma, NPA head judgment

Political Analyst Ralph Mathekga says the High Court’s decision on the NPA head is significant given that the ANC's elective conference is around the corner.

JOHANNESBURG - Political Analyst Ralph Mathekga says the High Court’s decision on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) pits President Jacob Zuma against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The full bench in Pretoria set aside the termination of former NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana's contract and ordered that he pay back the R17 million settlement.

The High Court found that as the head of a democratic state, President Zuma must have known what the law prescribed in relation to the termination and settlement of the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) contract.

Mathekga says both Zuma and Ramaphosa camps can use this judgment for their benefit.

He says, on the one hand, Ramaphosa can use the judgment to campaign against Zuma and on the other hand, Zuma’s camp can use the ruling to further their argument that the courts are overreaching.

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