Jacob Zuma spy tapes finally in the custody of the DA

Jacob Zuma spy tapes finally in the custody of the Democratic Alliance (DA). The Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last week to release the tapes within five days. The move was opposed by President Jacob Zuma. It ordered that the documents be delivered to retired KwaZulu-Natal high court judge Noel Hurt, who would study the documents, mark those containing President Jacob Zuma‘s confidential written or oral representations to the NPA, and leave those out of the bundle to the DA.

Helen Zille with a bag containing the spy tapesThe story of the “spy tapes” dates back to April 6, 2009 when the National Prosecuting Authority dropped all charges against Jacob Zuma as well as those against co-accused French arms company Thint, this was in light of new revelations about serious flaws in the prosecution.

The intercepted phone calls showed that the head of the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, and the former National Director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, had conspired over the timing of the charges laid against Jacob Zuma.

The content of those intercepted phone calls was or is contained in the so called “spy tapes” which were handed to Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on September 4, 2014, just over 5 years since over 700 corruption charges against Jacob Zuma were dropped.

The spy tapes will reportedly be verified whether or not they are authentic, what was claimed to be contained in them and was cited as a reason to drop the charges against Jacob Zuma  – is it really contained in them.

Should what is contained in the spy tapes have no relevance to the corruption charges against Jacob Zuma, the charges against him may be reinstated and he may face prosecution he escaped 5 years ago.

Helen Zille was the most delighted of all the parties involved as the hand over of the spy tapes signaled the beginning of the end of the DA’s 5 year battle which reportedly cost them approximately R10 million.

She walked out of the Pretoria High Court holding above her head a bag with the words “tamper evident security bag” printed on it and told reporters gathered there that it contained transcripts of recordings and a memory stick.

Following the release of the tapes, Helen Zille was quoted saying “President Zuma was very deep in the struggle for democracy and this is what he struggled for – accountability. No matter how much it takes and how long it takes, we will fight for to ensure our state institutions remain independent”.

While Jacob Zuma welcomed the release of the tapes according to a statement by spokesman Mac Maharaj. “The President is happy with the process thus far,” Jacob Zuma‘s spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement shortly after a copy was given to the DA.


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