DA elated that NPA must reveal Zuma tapes

2013-08-17 00:00

THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has a duty to explain to South Africans how it arrived at a decision to quash corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, a judge ruled yesterday.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ordered the NPA to hand over transcripts of the spy tapes that got Zuma off the hook on corruption charges.

Judge Rammaka Mathopo rejected all Zuma’s arguments on why the tapes as well as other internal NPA records of discussions on the case should remain completely confidential.

The corruption charges against Zuma were dropped by then acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe in 2009, a decision the DA has taken on review.

“This is a victory for democracy, for accountability, and for the Constitution,” Democratic Alliance federal executive chairman James Selfe said in a statement.

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