Uncertainty over Zuma’s appeal

2013-08-24 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The DA says it is unclear to which court President Jacob Zuma intends to appeal the spy tapes ruling, given that the Supreme Court of Appeal has already spoken.

DA federal chairperson James Selfe yesterday made public the full notice of appeal submitted by Zuma’s legal team to the North Gauteng High Court.

This court earlier ruled that the abridged record upon which the National Prosecuting Authority based its decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma in 2009 had to be released to the DA by yesterday.

The handover has now been delayed yet again by the Zuma appeal.

The application for leave to appeal is just eight pages long and is basically a point-form summary of 18 points made by Judge Rami Mathopo in ruling that the records must be handed over.

The legal team is arguing that in each of these 18 points, the judge made mistakes in ruling against Zuma.

It is also unclear to which court the Zuma team wishes to appeal, given that both the high court and the appeal court have ruled that the transcripts must be turned over to the DA.

“It is time to stop the delaying tactics and start complying with the court orders,” Selfe said.

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