Mystery tapes

2009-04-09 00:00

An unresolved aspect of this week’s major news item in this country is how Jacob Zuma’s lawyers acquired the taped recordings of telephone conversations which have led to the dropping of charges against him. It seems that the recordings were made by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). What, if any, were its political motives in doing so?

The National Prosecuting Authority has not been given copies of these tapes. Zuma’s lawyers reportedly simply allowed them to be listened to and pertinent parts to be transcribed. Does this constitute sufficient hard evidence to justify the drastic decision to withdraw the charges? Or was political pressure also involved on the eve of a general election?

The tapes, so decisive in this story’s outcome, display the murkiness in which it is immersed.

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