The Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has dismissed allegations of incompetence and susceptibility to political affect following its choice to provisionally withdraw corruption fees in opposition to Duduzane Zuma.
On Thursday, Zuma appeared briefly on the Particular Business Crimes Courtroom in Joburg the place he confronted allegations of corruption referring to the alleged bribery try by the Guptas of former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, by which Jonas claimed he was provided a ministerial publish.
NPA regional spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane stated the choice behind the provisional withdrawal of the case was to permit the Zondo Fee of Inquiry into State Seize to finalise its work, the place Jonas – its key witness – has testified on the identical allegations.
The prosecutors prosecuting this matter felt that it was vital to attend for that course of, not essentially which means each prosecutor will then resolve that if any person is in entrance of the state seize fee then a legal case can’t proceed. However on this occasion the prosecutors deemed it vital to attend for that course of,” Mjonondwane stated.
Jonas advised the fee that Zuma had organised and attended a gathering on the Guptas’ compound in Saxonwold, Joburg, the place Ajay Gupta provided him the publish of finance minister, in addition to a R600 million cost and R600 000 in money if he agreed to work with the Guptas and shield their enterprise pursuits. This was months earlier than former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was fired by former president Jacob Zuma in December 2015.
On Thursday, Duduzane’s lawyer Rudi Krause slammed the NPA, accusing it of speeding to arrest him and charging him when it knew it had no case in opposition to him
That is incompetence and victimisation,” Krause stated
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