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Dropping corruption charges ‘not irrational’‚ Zuma argues

07 June 2017 - 10:15 By Claudi Mailovich‚ Business Team
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma addresses an anti-crime meeting in Elsie's River, Cape Town, South Africa May 30, 2017. Picture taken May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma addresses an anti-crime meeting in Elsie's River, Cape Town, South Africa May 30, 2017. Picture taken May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Image: MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was "between a rock and a hard place" when the 783 charges of corruption‚ racketeering and fraud against President Jacob Zuma were dropped‚ his lawyers said on Tuesday.

Zuma said in the heads of arguments filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein that the NPA was at that stage being dictated to by politicians and the state as to whether to prosecute or not.

Zuma is appealing against a judgment by the High Court in Pretoria in 2016 that the decision by then acting national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the charges against him was irrational.

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