NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed that National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams turned down the request by former president Jacob Zuma's lawyers to withdraw his corruption matter pending the resolution of issues around legal fees.
The Criminal Procedure Act provides for withdrawal of charges as well as stopping of proceedings after a person has pleaded. In this case, there are no pleadings, therefore we cannot stay any prosecutions because we are not empowered by the Criminal Procedure Act.— Luvuyo Mfaku, NPA Spokesperson
Mfaku says the only way legal council can appeal this decision is through the court of law when they appear on 8 June.
He speculates that the legal council will be challenging the NPA's decision as well as requesting a postponement on issues regarding funding.
Zuma is expected to appear in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday.
To hear the rest of the interview with NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku, listen below: