Full bench to hear 'spy tapes' bid

2013-04-29 10:55
President Jacob Zuma. (File photo, Sapa)

President Jacob Zuma. (File photo, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - A full bench of judges is to hear an application by the Democratic Alliance to be granted access to the transcripts of the alleged "spy tapes" of President Jacob Zuma, DA spokesperson James Selfe said on Monday.

"The case was due to be heard tomorrow [Tuesday], but the deputy judge president decided that a full bench should hear the case instead. No date has been set yet," Selfe said.

The DA's application would be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The so-called spy tapes are recordings of intercepted phone conversations, which the DA believes will shed light on the dropped fraud and corruption charges against Zuma.

The case will deal only with whether the DA should be granted the transcripts and other internal memoranda - not referring to Zuma's representations - of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

In March last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal gave the NPA 14 days to produce the documents, which were before the then prosecutions head Mokotedi Mpshe.

The DA argues that the tapes were given to the NPA by the National Intelligence Agency, rather than by Zuma's legal team. As such, the party believes the documents are not privileged information.

Zuma's advocate Kemp J Kemp argues that whether the information was obtained from the NIA has no bearing on the matter.
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