The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has provisionally withdrawn charges of racketeering, corruption and money-laundering against two SA subsidiaries of global defence and aerospace company Thales.
The two Thales companies – Thint Holding (Southern Africa) Pty Ltd and Thint (Pty) Ltd – each faced one charge of racketeering, two of corruption and one of money-laundering in a case in which they were accused of paying ruling African National Congress president leader Jacob Zuma a bribe.
NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali says the charges were withdrawn yesterday as a consequence of the Pietermaritzburg High Court setting aside charges against Zuma last month. Justice Chris Nicholson ruled the charges unconstitutional as Zuma had not been given a chance to make representations to the NPA when it decided to press charges against him for a second time.
The NPA has asked leave to appeal Nicholson`s ruling. Arguments will be heard on 22 October.