National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams Picture: Bongani Shilubane
Johannesburg - The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams has granted President Jacob Zuma an extension to make representations on why he shouldn't be charged with corruption.

Abrahams had initially given Zuma and his legal team until November 30 to make submissions, but he has now given them until January 30 to compile a legal reply.

In letter written to Zuma and his lawyers, Abrahams approved the extension based on a request from Zuma's legal team. They initially asked him for an extension until February 19 due to " non-availability due to prior legal commitment" and the complexity of the matter since 8 years had passed since Zuma made representations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The President is being asked to make fresh representation on corruption charges linked to the arms deal.

The Supreme Court of Appeal recently confirmed the North Gauteng High Court judgement that the NPA's decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma back in 2009, was irrational.

This meant that Zuma could soon face his day in court, but that is dependent of the Abrahams who, along with consultants, will make a decision whether to reinstate the charges against Zuma.

The DA, which brought the matter to the courts, was given an opportunity to submit legal papers to the NPA on the matter. The party said in its submissions, that charges against Zuma were still in-effect and called for the NPA to set a court date for the President to have his day in court.

It also questioned Abrahams' independence and his ability to rule on the matter in a fair manner.

Abrahams said he want to bring the matter to an end as soon as possible.

Political Bureau