Former president Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
Former president Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

Former prosecutions head Bulelani Ngcuka says he pushed for former president Jacob Zuma to be charged with corruption only after the ANC’s 2007 Polokwane conference because he believed doing so earlier "would worsen the already tense political climate and may even lead to political violence".

He also insists he took this stance in the now notorious "spy tapes" conversations with then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy, three years after resigning from his powerful post, because he wanted the state to avoid "creating an incorrect public perception that the NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] was not politically independent".

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