DA 'disappointed' by ruling

By Drum Digital
06 September 2013

The DA expressed disappointment on Friday at a High Court in Johannesburg ruling granting President Jacob Zuma leave to appeal against the release of the so-called "spy tapes."

"The DA is disappointed that the court has granted leave to appeal," said spokesman James Selfe said in a statement.

"The DA will oppose the appeal, because we believe the spy tapes and other related documents form part of the reduced record of decision which the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over to us."

On Friday, Judge Rammaka Mathopo granted Zuma leave to appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

Zuma lodged the application for leave to appeal against Mathopo's own ruling in the High Court in Pretoria on August 16.

Mathopo ruled last month that acting National Prosecuting Authority head Nomgcobo Jiba should lodge a copy of the tapes with the registrar of the court within five working days.

The court gave the NPA until last Friday to produce the tapes, but Zuma's legal team filed notice that he would seek leave to appeal the court ruling.

The tapes, and transcripts and other documents, relate to a 2009 NPA decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma.

Mathopo said on Friday he had granted leave to appeal because there were different interpretations of the order by the parties.

The matter required the SCA to decide on the final interpretations, Mathopo said.

Selfe said the DA would "keep going in its attempt to prove that the decision to drop the charges against the president was irrational and politically motivated".

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