SA cabinet today, called on South Africans to allow the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decide what to do about Zuma’s spy tapes High Court ruling.
NPA said it was still studying the ruling which set aside the decision by its former head Mokotedi Mpshe to withdraw corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009.
Cabinet inferred that South Africans must talk-less about the spy tapes ruling and let the NPA decide on the next course of action.
Speaking on the issue, the Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said; “cabinet highlights that the court did not deal with the merits of any allegations against President Zuma, nor did it make any finding declaring guilt on any matter against him.”
As such, “cabinet calls on society to allow the National Prosecuting Authority to independently dispense with its Constitutional obligations in terms of section 179 (5) of the Constitution without any undue pressure from any quarters,” Mapisa-Nqakula stated.
Responding to that, DA leader Mmusi Maimane urged the NPA and the Presidency to stop dragging their feet and to let justice prevail.
“It is now time to give President Zuma his day in court, and afford him the opportunity to defend himself, without fear or favor, on the 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering which he now currently faces.
While the DA respects the independence of the NPA, we cannot forget that this has been a 7 year-long battle to ensure that the important principle that every South African – no matter how powerful – is treated equally before the law.”
Zuma’s spy tapes charges were dismissed on the basis that the timing of the prosecution had been manipulated to favor Mbeki in the ANC leadership race ahead of the party’s Polokwane national conference.