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NPA wants all new Spy Tapes submissions by end of November

NPA wants all new Spy Tapes submissions by end of November”

The Supreme Court of Appeal on October 13 rejected, with costs, Zuma's appeal in his long-running battle to avoid prosecution for fraud and corruption.

The NPA says Jacob Zuma himself has until that date to submit any further envisaged representations as does the Democratic Alliance. The charges related to Zuma's alleged involvement in the country's multi-billion rand arms deal.

The NPA on Friday gave President Jacob Zuma until November 30 to make submissions before it decides whether to reinstate 783 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became president.

In April previous year, the High Court in Pretoria ordered a review of the 2009 decision by the NPA to set aside hundreds of corruption charges against Zuma.

The 18 charges were subsequently withdrawn, just before Zuma was sworn in for his first term as president.

I will advise on the way forward after I have received feedback from the investigating officer as to the availability of the witnesses, any representations from Mr Zuma, should any be forthcoming and any representations from you, should any be forthcoming.

Days prior to the judgment of the SCA, Mr Zuma's lawyers wrote to me, in which they requested that he be afforded an opportunity to submit representations to me in light of further developments that had been reported in the media and not to institute any court proceedings against Mr Zuma prior to having considered his representations.

"It was agreed that the investigating officer would require at least 30 days to conduct an initial assessnrnt priot to reverting to thr NPA on the availability of the witnesses and any factors which may or may not impact in the feasibility of the re-enrolment of the matter".

The SCA said former NPA Director Mokotedi Mpshe had invoked incorrect provisions in considering Zuma's representations to the NPA for dropping the charges.

Hofmeyr, who was a key player in Mpshe's decision to drop the charges, had deposed an affidavit on behalf of the NPA in the legal challenge.



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