DA leader Mmusi Maimane has described President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) application for leave to appeal against a court decision setting aside the withdrawal of criminal charges against the president as mere delaying tactics at the cost of the taxpayer.
A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday reserved judgment in the application.
Judges Aubrey Ledwaba, Cynthia Pretorius and Billy Mothle in April set aside former acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe’s 2009 decision not to continue with President Zuma’s prosecution on charges of fraud and corruption as impulsive and irrational.
They said Zuma should face the charges as outlined in the indictment.
Maimane said the DA had always maintained that there was a prima facie case Zuma had to answer. He described the bid for leave to appeal as a delaying tactic and the reasons raised by Zuma and the NPA as “spurious at best”. “Our invitation to the NPA is to charge Jacob Zuma,” he said.
“That is certainly the quickest way of dealing with this matter. “If Jacob Zuma has nothing to hide, then he must come to court and make a case.
“All of these delays that are carrying on for weeks and months on end are actually a waste of taxpayers’ money. I think it’s an abuse of the system. We have to get finality. It’s taken us seven years to get here. It’s time Jacob Zuma has his day in court.”
Maimane said the racketeering charges against the president were allegedly committed at a time when the people of South Africa were looking for houses and work opportunities.
“Jacob Zuma and his friend Schabir Shaik stole the people’s money. Therefore, if he wants to disprove that, he must come to court and argue the case.”