Following the decision of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to appeal a High Court judgement on Zuma corruption charges, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has plans of staging a picket outside the North Gauteng High Court on Friday when the NPA and President Jacob Zuma seek leave to appeal the court’s ruling.
President Zuma’s link with the spy tapes was heard on Friday April 29th as the North Gauteng High Court ruled that former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head, Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision not to pursue 783 corruption charges, fraud and racketeering, against Zuma was irrational and must be set aside.
“We found that Mpshe found himself under pressure and made an irrational decision not to charge Zuma,” said justice Ledwaba.
However, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided to apply for leave to appeal the decision of the High Court to reinstate the 783 Zuma corruption charges.
In protest, the DA said it would also be present in court for the case‚ adding that it would be picketing at the court against the abuse of legal process and taxpayers’ money.
The DA has always maintained that the charges should not have been dropped in the first place, saying it was born from undue political considerations.
“The DA has always maintained that the charges were dropped irrationally by the NPA in 2009 and are automatically reinstated following the High Court’s ruling.
“The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP)‚ Adv Shaun Abrahams‚ is duty-bound to proceed with the prosecution against President Jacob Zuma but both government respondents seem hell-bent on using more taxpayer’s money to frustrate the proper ventilation and conclusion of this matter once and for all‚” the DA said in a statement.