NPA explains why it is dropping charges against Duduzane Zuma

NPA explains why it is dropping charges against Duduzane Zuma

- The prosecuting authority said it was waiting for Mcebisi Jonas's Zondo Commission testimony before carrying on with the case

- It officially withdrew the charges against Duduzane

- Duduzane was alleged to have played a role, alongside Ajay Gupta, in an attempt to bribe Jonas

The NPA has announced that it will drop charges against Duduzane Zuma.

The prosecuting authority explained that this was because Mcebisi Jonas had not yet finalised the evidence he would be providing to the Zondo Commission.

Duduzane was charged with attempting to bribe Jonas while Jonas was Deputy Finance Minister. Duduzane, along with Ajay Gupta, reportedly met with Jonas at the Gupta's Saxonwold property and offered the post of finance minister, as well as a bribe of R600 million. Jonas insists he turned the offer down immediately.

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Jonas claims that Gupta offered him the payoff in exchange for protecting the Guptas' business interests. This allegedly took place in 2015, while Nhlanhla Nene was finance minister. 

Jonas is due to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, where he is expected to share further revelations about shady dealings related to the Guptas.

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The NPA claimed that it would not be in the interests of justice for the case to continue at the present time. It made the statement in a letter to Duduzane's lawyers on Tuesday.

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“Kindly be advised that the State intends to withdraw the charges against Mr D Zuma on January24, 2019. Due to the fact that Mr Jonas’s evidence before the State of Capture Commission led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has not been finalised, it is in the interests of justice not to proceed with the criminal case at this stage,” the letter said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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