The application of the Democratic Alliance for the court to review its decision to drop President Jacob Zuma’s corruption charges has been regarded by his lawyers to be an act of political conspiracy by the party.
Holding to this claim, the lawyers contend that president Zuma was a was the victim of a political conspiracy and abuse of power when he was charged with corruption relating to a multi billion rand arms deal and that the DA’s charge for a review of the corruption charges was an abuse of process by a political minority which is opposed to him.
There have been at least 18 court cases directly related to the claims that Zuma received over R1 million in a bribe from French arms company to influence the multi-billion rand arms deal which was signed in September 1999. The DA said it had spent around R10 million getting to the review application.
It finally got a copy of the ”spy tapes” – a flash drive of the recordings which purportedly support Zuma’s conspiracy claim – and had to wait over a year for a date.
The DA therefore wants the court to decide whether the decision was based on sound legal thinking or whether it was political.
Meanwhile, in their court papers, Zuma’s lawyers blamed the delayed prosecution on Thabo Mbeki, former Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) head Lennit McCarthy and former prosecutions boss Bulelani Ngcuka.
Proving their allegation in court, the lawyers said that the former head of the DSO, or the disbanded Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, had regarded even the prosecutors as ”foot soldiers” in the battle against Zuma since 2001 and that on April 6, 2009, then National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe announced that the National Prosecuting Authority had received written and oral representations by Zuma’s lawyers.
He had also been given a recording of a conversation to fortify its claim that there was a plot against Zuma.
Mpshe said he was convinced that there was evidence of an abuse of process against Zuma during the prosecution and that the charges would be dropped.
To this, the president’s lawyers believe the case against him is has been dropped and should not be re-visited by the court in the favour of the DA,.
They argued further that Zuma has had to deal with constant leakages and commissions of inquiry – all at the hand of McCarthy, who left the Scorpions to join the World Bank when Mbeki lost his bid for a third term at the presidency.
Meanwhile, president Zuma, still maintains that the decision taken by National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe in 2009 to withdraw corruption charges against him was rational.
“The President has always contended that the court proceedings are an abuse of process by a political party in order to advance a political agenda,” the presidency stated at the eve of the Democratic Alliance’s application to have the 2009 decision reversed.
Further details on the court proceedings will be reported shortly.