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Cosatu 'disappointed' by SCA judgment

Published Mar 22, 2012

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Cosatu on Thursday said it was disappointed at a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that the NPA must produce the record of its 2009 decision to drop criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

"We condemn the DA for opportunistically using legal procedures to pursue their political agenda, which is to undermine the democratically elected ANC government and its leadership," Congress  of SA Trade Unions spokesman Patrick Craven said in a statement.

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The trade union federation hoped the courts would not allow themselves to be dragged into the Democratic Alliance's "agenda".

"The federation urges the ANC government not to be diverted from  the implementation of its programmes," said Craven.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the National Prosecuting Authority to produce and lodge the record of its decision with the Registrar of the Court within 14 days.

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The SCA ruled that the record to be handed over should exclude written representations made on behalf of Zuma, and any consequent memoranda or reports prepared in response, or oral representations,  if their production would breach confidentiality agreements.

The SCA judgment also affirmed that a decision to discontinue a prosecution was reviewable by the courts, and that the DA, as a political party, had the legal standing to bring such a review application. - Sapa

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