DA asks court to review JZ charges

THE DA has again asked the Pretoria high court to review the decision to drop charges against President Jacob Zuma, arguing that it was irrational and unlawful.

In a statement yesterday the party said it submitted replying affidavits to the court on Friday.

The national director of public prosecutions and Zuma's legal team submitted affidavits in April in argument opposing the DA application for a review.

Early in April the DA filed an application for a judicial review of the decision to withdraw fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges against Zuma.

At the time party leader Helen Zille said the NPA's decision was not only unlawful and unconstitutional, but gave Zuma a legally unencumbered run to the presidency.

In its latest responding affidavits the DA said it wanted produced for scrutiny the documentation the NPA relied on in its decisions on the prosecution of Zuma.

"That the NPA will not produce these records leaves serious questions as to what they contain, and whether they justify the decision to drop the charges," it said.

In the NPA's affidavits filed in April, NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe contended the DA's request for judicial review would "lay bare the president's highly sensitive personal record".

The DA, however, contends "Zuma should not escape prosecution just because he is politically powerful". - Sapa