JOHANNESBURG – The question of whether political interference affected the decision to prosecute President Jacob Zuma will again take centre stage in the North Gauteng High Court.
The Democractic Alliance’s case to have the charges against Zuma continues today, with party arguing that the any political interference in the corruption prosecution was limited and insignificant.
The party says the decision to withdraw all charges against Zuma was emotional and irrational, and must be overturned.
The charges were dropped in 2009.
Then prosecuting head Mokotedi Mpshe based this on the so-called Spy Tape recordings.
Transcripts show that former prosecuting head Bulelani Ngcuka and Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy tried to interfere in the timing of Zuma’s prosecution.
This was seen as an attempt to bolster then President Thabo Mbeki’s chances of winning the party’s Polokwane elective conference.