DA involved in 16 court cases

2015-05-09 17:32
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - The Democratic Alliance is currently involved in 16 separate court cases, the party's federal council chair James Selfe said on Saturday.

"Yes, we are in court quite a lot. The reason we are in court often is because the ANC majority does not seem to realise that there is a Constitution and laws," he said during a discussion at the party's federal congress in Port Elizabeth. 

"They can't do what they want to do."

"We are involved in 16 court cases from the spy tapes, through to the case we had last night."

The High Court in Johannesburg ordered the SABC on Friday to provide live coverage of the DA's congress. 

The party argued in court that the state broadcaster's initial withdrawal of its coverage was contrary to the public interest and the SABC's editorial policy. 

Selfe also provided an update on the so-called spy tapes matter. 

"We are at the stage now where we can get involved in the substantive review of the dropping of charges [against President Jacob Zuma]... We will go to the gates of hell if necessary to do what needs to be done."

The DA was handed the spy tapes last year after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the NPA had to comply with a previous order to release the tapes. Zuma opposed the move. 

The recordings, internal memoranda, reports and minutes of meetings dealing with the contents of the recordings had to be provided.

The tapes, containing recorded phone conversations, allegedly revealed collusion between the former head of the directorate of special operations - the now defunct Scorpions - Leonard McCarthy, and the National Prosecuting Authority's former head Bulelani Ngcuka to manipulate the prosecutorial process against Zuma before the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007.

Zuma was elected ANC president at the conference. Former president Thabo Mbeki had been a contender for another term.

The charges of corruption were dropped shortly before Zuma was sworn in as president in 2009.

Then acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe said the tapes showed there was a political conspiracy against Zuma and so the case could not continue.

Selfe said on Saturday that the party did not go to court to "go after individuals" like Zuma, but rather to enforce the laws of the country. 

"We are...[pursuing the review of the dropping of charges], because everyone is equal before the law."

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