DA wants NPA boss to announce date when spy tapes hearing returns to court

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 10, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head, Advocate Shaun Abrahams, to announce a date before this coming Friday’s deadline, when the so-called spy tapes saga will be placed back onto the court’s roll.

Last month, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that former NPA boss, Mokotedi Mpshe, acted irrationally by withdrawing the 783 charges of fraud and racketing against President Jacob Zuma six years ago, and that matter be set aside.

In a statement, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Abrahams must make use of “this golden opportunity” and “demonstrate his independence” by making Zuma have his day in court.

“As the DA, we are of view that it is in the public interest for Adv. Abrahams to furnish the President with a court date, by which to schedule a trial and allow the President to have his day in court so that this matter is concluded in due course and at no further expense to the ordinary tax payer,” Maimane said.

“A political solution needed to be found to drop charges against a person who was about to become President, and the spy tapes provided the convenient excuse that has now been set aside.

“It is in the interests of legal precedence, justice, the Rule of Law and due process that Adv. Abrahams views this request in a light most favourable and takes the decision to proceed with the prosecution that the Court determined was irrational”.

The ANC however down played the court’s ruling with party spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, saying in a statement hours after the ruling, that the court did not deal with the merits of the case or declare guilt on any matter against Zuma.

“This matter has dragged on for close to a decade and the ANC is pleased therefore that it now appears closer to resolution, seven years since the NPA decision. We once again reaffirm our full confidence in our legal system with its adequate and extensive checks and balances designed to protect and promote accountability and transparency,” he said.

 

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