12 February 2019

South Africa: Spy Tapes Saga Comes Back to Haunt Willie Hofmeyr

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After giving blistering testimony about Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi going after corruption-busters in the NPA, Willie Hofmeyr had to address his own actions at the time of the Spy Tapes debacle, where the Supreme Court of Appeal found that his advice not to prosecute then-president Jacob Zuma was based on conjecture rather than actual evidence.

"I accept that I made a mistake by attaching so much value to the integrity of the NPA and not sufficient weight to the evidence on the criminal case. I will live with that regret for a very long time," said Willie Hofmeyr, Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (DNDPP).

This was in regard to his decision to advise then acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the 783 charges of corruption against former president Jacob Zuma just before the ANC Polokwane conference -- where Zuma was elected president of the ANC and later became president of the country.

According to Norman Arendse, counsel for Jiba, there is no other rational reason for the decision that Hofmeyr was a part of -- to hold off on the prosecution of Zuma -- other than political motivation after Hofmeyr had heard the contents...

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