DA victory; President Zuma spy tapes re-loaded

Dinaledi News :                       Dinaledi Magazine

29 April 2016

The High Court in Pretoria has said the decision taken by former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009 was irrational. The Democratic Alliance had brought the application to the High Court.

The former National Prosecuting Authority boss, Mokotedi Mpshe dropped corruption charges against President Zuma in 2009 because he felt the decision to charge Zuma was politically motivated after he heard secret recordings between Former Prosecutions boss Bulelani Ngcuka and ex-Scorpions Head Leonard McCarthy discussing whether to charge President Zuma before or after the ANC’s 2009 elective Polokwane Conference. These secret recordings have come to be known as “spy tapes”.

Why was the decision to charge President Jacob Zuma politically motivated? It was politically motivated because it aimed to influence the outcome of the ANC’s Polokwane Elective Conference in 2009. If President Zuma was charged before the conference it would have affected if people voted for or against him.

The latest decision by the High Court means that corruption charges are likely to be reinstated against President Zuma.

If the charges against President Zuma are reinstated he might go to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein to appeal the decision. The SCA is the second highest court in South Africa it can overturn the decision of any lower court. The only court higher than the SCA is the Constitutional Court.