Secrecy shrouds Zuma corruption charge arguments

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The NPA has finally broken its silence on when we’ll hear anything about what President Jacob Zuma argued in his representations – if he made any – to the prosecuting authority to abandon the hundreds of counts of corruption his is facing, notes Legalbrief. It has decided it will allow us to know what’s going on only after a team led by KZN Director of Public Prosecutions‚ Moipone Noko‚ has made its recommendation. Last Thursday was the deadline for Zuma and the DA to make representations‚ if any‚ on whether the case against Zuma should continue, notes a TimesLIVE report. The team led by Noko is to consider all representations‚ and then make a recommendation to NDPP Shaun Abrahams. NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku yesterday reportedly refused to shed light on whether or not Zuma has made representations to the prosecutors. ‘We said as a team‚ we will not divulge whether or not we have received representations. The representations are communications between the NPA and the defence lawyers‚ and the defence has not waived its right to confidentiality‚’ Mfaku said. Mfaku also refused to state whether the Hawks had established whether the witnesses attached to the original indictment of December 2007 were still available. ‘The investigating officer is liaising with the team led by the KZN Director of Public Prosecutions‚ which has been appointed to consider all representations that will be made. We will only communicate with the public after the team has made a recommendation‚’ Mfaku said.

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