Zuma not stalling on spy tapes – lawyer

2013-08-29 08:20

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President Jacob Zuma’s lawyer has dismissed claims by DA leader Helen Zille that the postponement of Zuma’s application for leave to appeal in the so-called spy tapes saga was “stonewalling”.

“That’s nonsense. The fact is that our counsel has engaged the Supreme Court of Appeal [SCA] and as a matter of practice and ethics, they had to give us [the postponement],” lawyer Michael Hulley was quoted as saying by The Star.

“It’s a practical issue. People are looking for nonsense.”

Zille said yesterday the postponement revealed “Zuma’s continued cynical use of taxpayers’ money to avoid handing over the ‘spy tapes’.”

“After 10 years of legal obfuscation, prevarication, evasion and stonewalling, they have still not exhausted all their options.”

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj also reportedly dismissed Zille’s claims.

The appeal would be heard on September 6 in the High Court in Johannesburg. It was initially meant to have been heard today.

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

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