BREAKING NEWS: DA leader tells NPA: Zuma must immediately face charges

In a press statement Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane announced that the DA had today made submissions to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) arguing that President Jacob Zuma should immediately face the 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering that were originally brought against him exactly ten years ago.

These submissions are in line with the instruction given and deadline recently set by the high court.

The DA has consistently argued that the charges against Jacob Zuma were irrationally dropped by the NPA in April 2009 and as such are still valid and in effect. Prosecution must therefore continue without delay.

The DA has further submitted that, in the unlikely event that President Zuma does in fact have materially new and relevant submissions to make, these ought to be considered by a court of law, and not by the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Shaun Abrahams who, the party argues is fatally compromised.

The submissions reiterate that:

• The decision taken by then acting NDPP, Adv Mpshe, on 29 November 2007, to prosecute Jacob Zuma stands;

• Adv Mpshe's later decision, announced on 6 April 2009, to discontinue prosecution, has been set aside;

• The only basis for Adv Mpshe's 2009 decision to discontinue prosecution was that there was improper political influence in the timing of the service of indictment on Jacob Zuma. This argument has been rejected and defeated in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA);

• President Zuma he ought to face these charges in a court of law.

"In terms of the President's right to make representations, we note that Zuma has already been afforded the opportunity to make extensive representations which were fully considered and largely rejected. However, if there are any fresh representations submitted by the President today, the DA will not be in a position to deal with them until we have had sight of them.

"Therefore we have requested the NPA shares these representations with all interested parties  including the DA and that those interested parties are given an opportunity of 14 calendar days to comment on such representations.

Lastly, the independence and impartiality of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has been questionable on numerous occasions in this matter. These are set out fully in our submissions.

Therefore, we are of the view that if the President raises any new representations of substance, a court of law must make a determination as to whether those justify stopping the prosecution, or not. This is to guarantee a fair and open consideration of any new representations by the President. The most appropriate process to follow is either for the President to lay out his representations in a comprehensive application for a permanent stay of prosecution in court, or for the President to formally raise any objections in his actual criminal proceedings before court.

"Since then, Maimane said in his press statement, "Zuma has used every trick in the book, and every delay tactic at his disposal to frustrate and delay the matter. But Jacob Zuma knows full well that despite this, he will have his day in court, he will face the charges for the crimes he is accused of, and justice will prevail.

"The DA will not relent in our fight to ensure that our justice system works and that those who are criminally charged have their day in court. This is no different for the President, the DA leader said.

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