North Gauteng High Court to clarify NPA's powers in Zuma's 783 criminal charges

The North Gauteng High Court will rule on the Democratic Alliance's application to review the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to drop 783 criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

702's John Robbie spoke to News24 editor, Adriaan Basson, for a summary of the ongoing matter.

Listen to the interview below:

What this is about is whether President Zuma must face similar criminal charges that Schabir Shaik was convicted of.

Adriaan Basson, News24 editor

Shaik was a businessman with a close relationship with Zuma. He was convicted on corruption and fraud in 2005 on various payments made from his business to Zuma and his family.

The then acting head of the NPA, Mokotedi Mpshe, in 2008 decided to drop the charges because of the spy tapes which came to his attention.

Adriaan Basson, News24 editor

The spy tapes never proved that the charges against Zuma were not valid. They never showed that the charges against Zuma were invented.

Adriaan Basson, News24 editor

If the argument goes against the DA, the court confirms that Mpshe's decision was not unlawful, we can surely expect another appeal which will drag on for another number of years.

Adriaan Basson, News24 editor

Whichever way it goes, the court will probably affirm the powers and independence of the NPA but it will be up to the three judges.

Adriaan Basson, News24 editor

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