Abrahams sets deadline for Zuma-prosecution recommendation

File: Head of the National Prosecuting Authority Shaun Abrahams has given prosecutors another 10 days to advise him on possible charges against President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutions head Shaun Abrahams gives prosecutors a 23 February deadline to provide recommendations on whether to charge President Jacob Zuma for corruption. 

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National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said the timing of the announcement just hours after the ANC confirmed Zuma being recalled is simply a coincidence.

The authority denies feeling pressured over the imminent change in the political landscape.

In October, Zuma lost his appeal against a high court ruling that charges against him should be reinstated.

On January 31, he filed papers with the NPA explaining why he should not face fraud and corruption charges.

The NPA had set an initial deadline of 30 November last year, but Zuma asked and was granted a seven-week extension.

On 30 November, the Democratic Alliance (DA) filed papers with the NPA outlining why 783 counts of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and racketeering against Zuma should immediately be instituted.

- Additional reporting African News Agency

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