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Spytapes saga: NPA argues Zuma's charges were dropped in the public interest

Six years and roughly R10 million later, the Democratic Alliance (DA) continues with the so-called spy tapes legal battle in The North Gauteng High Court.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will respond to the DA's application to have fraud and corruption charges reinstated against President Jacob Zuma.

The party argued that dropping Zuma's charges based on the reliance of secretly recorded telephone conversations was irrational and unlawful.

EWN's Barry Bateman on Wednesday said the NPA argued that the timing of Zuma's indictment was significant, as it suggested that there were external factors which influenced the decision to charge him.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

The NPA says the timing of the charges is significant.

Barry Bateman, EWN Reporter

When Mokotedi Mpshe made his decision in 2009, (the NPA argue that) he made the decision to withdraw the charges in the public interest. He would not tolerate the independence of the NPA being undermined.

Barry Bateman, EWN Reporter

This article first appeared on 702 : Spytapes saga: NPA argues Zuma's charges were dropped in the public interest


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