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President denies meddling in NPA's work

By unknown | Sep 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe and Sapa

Canaan Mdletshe and Sapa

President Thabo Mbeki said yesterday that the government had not interfered in any prosecutorial work of the national prosecuting authority (NPA), the SABC reported.

"We were not cited as respondents in this particular case, and the only respondents were the NPA. We were never given an opportunity to provide any such information," he said.

Mbeki was responding to Friday's judgment in ANC president Jacob Zuma's case, in which Judge Chris Nicholson criticised Mbeki and his cabinet about this.

Mbeki said the government's legal advisers were now examining Nicholson's judgment.

Nicholson ruled that the decision to prosecute Zuma on corruption and fraud charges was invalid.

The judge agreed with Zuma that the case against him appeared to be politically motivated and was part of a strategy linked to the rivalry between him and Mbeki for leadership of the ANC. He also said Mbeki's sacking of Zuma as deputy president was unfair.

Nicholson said that the timing of Zuma's being recharged shortly after being elected president of the ANC on December 28 2007 was also "most unfortunate".

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande called for heads to roll in the NPA and the government.

"Certainly, heads must roll in the government and the NPA," Nzimande said.

"We cannot have state institutions used for political gain.

"The judgment was crystal clear, that there was political influence from the government to have corruption charges instituted against Zuma and we have to stop that.".

His call followed the 115-page ruling in which Judge Nicholson found that Zuma's prosecution was unconstitutional and invalid because of the NPA's refusal to allow Zuma to make representations about the charges against him.

Former National Intelligence Agency boss Billy Masetla wept after the judgment.

"We have been bleeding for far too long and the ruling is historic," Masetla said.

"The judge has pointed to where the problem is within the ANC and the party will now have to make a political pronouncement after this."

Julius Malema of the ANC Youth League called for the ANC national executive committee to recall Mbeki and show him the door.

"The problem in this country is Mbeki and his people," he said.

Zuma supporter Linah Ngcobo said that she was burning traditional impepho outside the court. She felt Zuma was vindicated by Nicholson's judgment.

"I always knew and believed that he was innocent and that the charges were imposed on him to stop him from becoming president - and the judge confirmed that," she said.


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