President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will have two days to try to convince the Supreme Court of Appeal to grant them leave to appeal a decision that corruption charges against the president be reinstated. This will be the culmination of an eight-and-a-half-year battle by the DA to get Zuma to face 783 charges. The NPA and its current boss Shaun Abrahams have been accused of protecting Zuma. For the past decade the NPA has been seen to be politically captured. It has also been accused of bias and selective prosecution. NPA senior leadership has also faced a credibility crisis after Abrahams and two of his senior officials were forced to reverse a decision to prosecute former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The decision to drop the corruption charges against Zuma was taken in April 2009 by then acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe. The decision was taken based on what became known as the spy tapes — recordings and telephone conve...

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