Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe stands by his 2009 decision on Zuma charges

Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe says National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams has made his decision and it must be taken forward.

Stephen Grootes spoke to Advocate Mpshe, who dropped the charges against former president Jacob Zuma in 2009.

Mpshe says Shaun Abrahams has decided that Zuma must be charged for reasons that have been found appropriate.

I cannot say it's a bad decision or otherwise. It is how circumstances have presented themselves to the current national director.

Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe

Advocate Mpshe says it is not Shaun Abrahams who reversed his decision but the courts. He says Abrahams is acting on the decisions that reversed my decision. Despite his decision being overruled by the courts, Mpshe maintain he was not wrong.

I made the decision given the prevailing circumstances at that stage. A person who makes a decision makes an informed decision as I did. And it does not mean that one who makes a decision and it gets turned later doesn't mean he is to be condemned and to be found to be completely wrong.

Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe

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I was convinced at that stage when I made the decision that my decision is the appropriate decision, and I still stand by my decision which I made then.

Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe

The fact that is has been reversed does not make me a bad person at all.

Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe

Abrahams announced on Friday that the state will go ahead and pursue corruption charges against Zuma.

The former president faces 18 charges of fraud corruption and money laundering related to 783 payments from his former advisor Shabir Shaik.

Listen to what had convinced advocate Mpshe to drop the charges in 2009


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