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Abrahams grants Zuma extension to make corruption representations

President Zuma’s lawyers cited prior litigation commitments as well as the complexity of the matter at hand when they asked for a deadline extension.

FILE: NPA head Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams has granted President Jacob Zuma a deadline extension until the end of January to make representations on why he should not be charged with fraud and corruption.

Abrahams had given the president until the end of last month to make his submissions but it has now emerged that he failed to do so.

The matter was referred back to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) when both the president and Abrahams conceded in the Supreme Court that the 2009 decision to withdraw charges against Zuma was irrational and should be set aside.

President Zuma’s lawyers cited prior litigation commitments as well as the complexity of the matter at hand when they asked for a deadline extension.

Zuma would also be unavailable until after the African National Congress (ANC) conference to consult with his legal team.

Abrahams says in a letter that he considered the request and finds it is in the interests of the administration of justice to grant the request but makes it clear that there will be no further extensions.

He has appointed a five member team of senior state advocates to consider Zuma’s representations and to advise him on which course of action to take.

In a ruling involving Abrahams and Zuma on Friday, the High Court ruled that the Supreme Court had removed every barrier to Zuma being prosecuted.

READ: Shaun Abrahams' letter to President Zuma's legal team

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