South Africa’s prosecution says it will appeal against a court ruling that it should reconsider corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.
Originally, the charges were dropped weeks before the 2009 election which led to him becoming president.But last month, a high court judge described that decision as “irrational”.
Mr Zuma has always denied the allegations which are linked to a 1999 arms deal worth billions of dollars.
After a case brought by the opposition, Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said in April that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should consider re-opening the case.
But National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams said that prosecutors should be able to exercise discretion over whether an investigation should continue.
Briefing journalists, Mr Abrahams said that this was an issue that affected the separation of powers and that the ruling “has far-reaching ramifications”.
He said he would be seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court ruling .
Quoting legislation that defines the role of the NPA, Mr Abrahams said that he did his job “without fear, favour or prejudice”, adding that no-one influenced his decisions.