NPA boss briefed on Zuma

A "final briefing" on whether ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma would have to face new corruption charges was to be given to the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) yesterday.

A "final briefing" on whether ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma would have to face new corruption charges was to be given to the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) yesterday.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a statement that the prosecution team was due to brief Mokotedi Mpshe on the case.

"The prosecution team will today (Thursday) present a final briefing to the acting NDPP, and he will announce his decision on the matter after careful conside- ration of the information presented. The process is a very protracted one and involves the assessment of all the work completed so far," the NPA said.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed an appeal by Zuma to stop the state from getting docu- ments held in Mauritius. In another ruling, the SCA upheld an appeal by the NDPP against a high court order setting aside five search warrants against Zuma and his Durban-based lawyer Michael Hulley.

The judgments relate to a long investigation into corruption in South Africa's multi-billion rand arms deal.

Zuma's financial adviser Schabir Shaik has already been sentenced for corruption and fraud in the same investigation.

Mpshe was to receive a report from a review panel yesterday on whether to charge National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. The panel reviewed the apparent decision of suspended prosecutions chief Vusi Pikoli to arrest Selebi for alleged criminal activities.

"The acting NDPP will study the report and the NPA will make known its decision as soon as it is ready to do so," the NPA said.

The panel was made up of Frank Dutton, Advocate Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Peter Goss and Advocate Shamila Batohi.

The formation of the panel was preceded by President Thabo Mbeki's suspension of Pikoli. - Sapa

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