Mantashe lashes out at NPA head

ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe has attacked National Prosecution Authority director Mokotedi Mpshe over comments he made to the media about the Nicholson ruling.

ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe has attacked National Prosecution Authority director Mokotedi Mpshe over comments he made to the media about the Nicholson ruling.

"The NPA has cast aside all pretence of professionalism or political neutrality," Mantashe said yesterday in response to comments made by Mpshe to a weekend newspaper.

"It has come out in the open and has effectively admitted that it is pursuing a political vendetta against Jacob Zuma."

Mpshe was quoted as saying that his first 13 months as acting national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) and head of the NPA had been rough.

"The weight of the roughness came in that Zuma's trial was a political trial and was difficult for the NPA to handle," he said in the interview.

Mantashe said that this comment supported the ANC's view that Zuma was subjected to "political persecution".

"Mpshe has shown his contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by proclaiming that he would continue to hold that Judge Nicholson was 'wrong', regardless of the outcome of the appeal." - Sapa

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