The full bench of the High Court in Pretoria on Friday dismissed an application for leave to appeal against a ruling that set aside a decision made in 2009 by the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions‚ Mokotedi Mpshe‚ to discontinue the prosecution of President Jacob Zuma.
Mpshe dropped the charges because he believed Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy had manipulated the timing of when to serve the indictment against Zuma on corruption charges.
Mpshe relied on intercepted conversations between McCarthy and former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA boss) Bulelani Ngcuka — commonly referred to as the Spy Tapes — where the two discussed when to serve an indictment against Zuma during December 2007.
Earlier this month‚ the president and the applied for leave to appeal against the April judgment.
In its judgment on Friday‚ the court said the appeal had no reasonable prospects of success.
The court said leave to appeal may only be given if the court felt the appeal would have a reasonable prospect of success.
— TMG Digital