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Zuma spy tapes appeal 'a delaying tactic

By admin
23 August 2013

The Democratic Alliance is to oppose President Jacob Zuma's appeal of the North Gauteng High Court decision forcing the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to hand over the so-called spy tapes, the DA said on Thursday.

"We are advised by our lawyers that their grounds for this appeal are flimsy and it remains unclear on what basis they can appeal at all," said federal executive chairperson James Selfe.

"This can be therefore interpreted as nothing more than a delaying tactic, at the taxpayer’s expense, to prevent this crucial information from being made public."

He said the DA would oppose their application vigorously, because South Africa deserved to know whether the decision by the NPA to drop the charges against Zuma was politically motivated.

Two principles

The DA would continue to fight the case for as long as it took and whatever the cost in defence of two very important principles.

The first was that no one, even the president, was above the law, with the second being that the NPA must be able to do its job without fear, favour or prejudice, Selfe said.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said: "I can confirm an application has been filed for leave to appeal." The tape transcripts and other documents relate to an NPA decision in 2009 to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The North Gauteng High Court on Friday ordered acting national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba to lodge a copy of the tapes with the registrar of the court within five days.

The ruling by Judge Rami Mathopo followed an application by the DA. The party wanted to overturn the decision, announced in April 2009, by then acting National Prosecuting Authority head Mokotedi Mpshe to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against Zuma.

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