Democratic Allliance leader Helen Zille has accused acting prosecutions chief Mokotedi Mpshe of a lack of respect for the law after he missed a second court deadline in the party's challenge to the withdrawal of charges against President Jacob Zuma.
"The NPA's (National Prosecuting Authority) disregard for court processes and timelines is a blatant attempt to delay this case as long as possible, and is a sad display of the lack of respect it holds for the judiciary," Zille said on Wednesday.
"This is particularly disturbing as the NPA is also an important component of the criminal justice system."
Mpshe was given until Friday to file a submission to the High Court in Pretoria setting out the NPA's response to the DA's application for a review of his decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma in April, weeks before the national elections that brought the ANC leader to power.
The original deadline was weeks earlier, but the acting NPA head obtained an extension.