‘Court has not ruled that charges be reinstated’: NPA

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NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says they expected the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court Appeal to dismiss its appeal alongside President Jacob Zuma against a decision to reinstate 783 corruption charges against the president.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku speaking in Bloemfontein shortly after Justice Leach today handed down the judgment said that as an organisation, the NPA had litigated in good faith and had therefore expected this particular outcome.

“Going forward the NPA leadership will consider the judgment, interrogate it extensively and then take the South African public into their confidence on the matter going forward,” said NPA spokesperson, Luvuyo Mfaku.

The supreme court ruled that the decision by then NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe to withdraw charges against President Zuma was irrational.

Mfaku today added that despite the outcome of the appeal, it does not mean that charges against President Zuma are automatically reinstated.

“Court has not ruled that charges be reinstated. That was one ground for appeal and we had said the court cannot instruct NPA on this matter. The matter now goes back to NPA for reconsideration,” said Mfaku.

“I cannot speak for President Zuma therefore once the process has been outlined by National Director of Public Prosecutions and his team, this issue will be ventilated,” he added.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) says it has noted the courts decision and that it has full confidence in the judiciary.

“The ANC has full confidence in our judiciary and the options it offers to all aggrieved parties. Accordingly, the ANC will study the judgment and await further decisions from the affected parties before making a comprehensive statement on this matter,” the party said in a brief statement.

-Siphiwe Mchunu

 

 

 

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