Newsflash: SCA rules against Zuma and NPA in spy tapes appeal

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President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are appealing a 2016 High Court judgement.

Zuma wanted the opportunity to make fresh representations before the NPA made a decision to recharge him.

The rand extended gains against the dollar after the Supreme Court's ruling, which was unanimous.

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Zuma's legal team made a concession during arguments at the SCA when they agreed that the decision to drop the charges was irrational.

Earlier on Friday morning SCA Justice Eric Leach upheld the High Court's decision to withdraw 783 charges of corruption and fraud against Zuma was irrational, saying that the decision to terminate the decision not to prosecute cannot be faulted.

But the NPA indicated that it wanted prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams to have another bite of the cherry and decide afresh if Zuma should be charged.

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Kemp said that if the SCA finds that Mpshe did not make a rational decision, then someone would have to make a rational decision on that basis.

He said it was hard to understand why the present regime at the NPA believed the decision could be defended.

The opposition Democratic Alliance party had sought in 12 court appearances since 2009 to reactivate the charges over controversial post-apartheid military contracts which have dogged Zuma for much of his time in government. Zuma's counsel Kemp J Kemp SC hinted that their next move would be to approach the NPA to once again consider Zuma's representations.

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