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

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However, Roux said if the NPA does not prosecute Zuma, there is an alternative.

The High Court in April 2016 ruled that the 2009 decision to withdraw the 783 charges was irrational and should be set aside, which had the automatic effect of the charges being reinstated against the president.

South Africa'sSupreme Court of Appeal on Friday upheld a High Court ruling to reinstate hundreds of corruption charges filed against Jacob Zuma before he became president.

Handing down judgment on Friday, Justice Leach pointed to a number of ways in which Mpshe's decision was irrational - including the fact that the prosecution team had been excluded from the decision, according to a report by the Mail and Guardian.

Leach had scathing words for Mpshe's decision, rubbishing his claims that former head of the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, manipulated the timing of Zuma's indictment.

This overturned the NPA's original decision to drop almost 800 fraud and corruption charges against the president. Zuma could still fight any decision to charge him in the Constitutional Court.

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Justice Eric Leach granted Zuma and the NPA's leave to appeal, but the appeal was dismissed with costs.

At the hearing, Kemp said "what then must happen is that the representations would have to be considered by the NPA, because they have never been".

Zuma's prosecution was discontinued by Mpshe based on the infamous "spy tapes".

The court held that Mpshe's decision was irrational.

In April past year, the North Gauteng High Court ordered that Zuma must face all the charges.

Mpshe's decision was immediately challenged by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in a case that dragged on for 8 years.

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