Spy tapes arbiter decided

2014-08-23 00:00

A RETIRED appeal court judge will be approached to arbitrate between the DA and President Jacob Zuma over the controversial spy tapes.

Judge Noel Hurt is the man approached for the task, the DA announced in a statement.

The move to appoint an arbiter came after an appeal by Zuma of a high court order that the tapes must be handed over to the DA’s lawyer.

Hurt will ensure that the DA gets the tapes and will go through the NPA’s other documents in the case to decide which should also be handed over and which are protected by a confidential agreement between Zuma and the NPA.

“It is a step forward. The DA will eventually be able to proceed in taking the NPA’s decision to drop corruption charges on review,” said the DA’s James Selfe.

Zuma’s and the DA’s lawyers undertook last week that the arbiter’s decision would be binding on them.

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