National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams has revealed that the NPA will seek leave to appeal the High Court’s decision to have President Jacob Zuma’s corruption charges reinstated.
Abrahams said the decision whether to reinstate the charges or not requires the decision of an Appeal court. He was addressing the media in Pretoria.
Before the big revelation Abrahams reiterated that the decision is not in favour of any individual, whether high profiled or not. He also said that he is set to carry out his duties without any favour or fear.
“I will always do what is correct, irrespective of whether the individual is an ordinary person, a cabinet minister or a sitting president,” said Abrahams.
In April, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the NPA’s April 2009 decision to drop 783 charges against Zuma was irrational and must be reviewed.
High Court’s Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba said Mpshe dropped the charges as he was placed under pressure.
The then acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mokotedi Mpshe, threw the case out on the basis that the so-called spy tapes recordings of tapped phone calls between senior officials in the Thabo Mbeki administration, suggested they manipulated the timing of Zuma’s indictment for fraud, corruption and racketeering for political reasons.
Mpshe’s decision was in favour of Zuma, which then allowed Zuma to run for president.
The corruption charges against the President, which amount to more than 700, relate to the Arms Deal of the late 1990s.
But in April, Zuma made public the Seriti Commission findings, which had found no evidence of corruption or fraud relating to the Arms Deal, despite damning international evidence to the contrary.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) took the case to the High Court to have the decision relating to the dropping of the 783 charges of corruption levelled against Zuma to be reviewed.
The Party has been challenging the rationality of the NPA dropping the charges against Zuma in 2009 for seven years.
By Senzile Kubheka