Undue importance was given to the spy tapes in the decision to drop the graft charges against former president Jacob Zuma, deputy national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Willie Hofmeyr said on Monday. Hofmeyr’s role in dropping the charges against Zuma was placed under scrutiny by Norman Arendse, counsel for his suspended fellow deputy Nomgcobo Jiba. Jiba and suspended head of the specialised commercial crimes unit Lawrence Mrwebi are currently appearing before a commission of inquiry set up by president Cyril Ramaphosa to determine the fitness of the two to hold office. Retired Constitutional Court judge Justice Yvonne Mokgoro is chairing the commission. Cross examining Hofmeyr, Arendse on Monday shifted the focus from his client and went on the offensive. Arendse took Hofmeyr through parts of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment which upheld the high court judgment that found that the decision by then acting NDPP Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the charges against Zuma was ir...

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