Zuma spy tapes must be handed over tomorrow

2013-08-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The National Prosecution  Authority (NPA) must hand over the so-called Zuma spy tapes to the DA tomorrow.

Spokesperson for the NPA Bulelwa Makeke yesterday said the NPA had no further comment on the issue. Last week the NPA said they acknowledged the court ruling and were studying the order.

Yesterday, Makeke was asked whether the NPA would hand over to the DA all the recordings and all the relevant documentation and information as ordered by the court.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj was asked earlier if Zuma would appeal the court order.

Maharaj said the president was still waiting for legal advice on the issue. Maharaj could not be reached for comment yesterday.

DA MP James Selfe said the party had not received any indication of whether the NPA would obey the court order.

Selfe said the NPA had between 2002 and 2007 drawn up a charge sheet with more than 700 charges — including corruption and money laundering — against Zuma.

He said the NPA had however used the contentious voice recordings in 2009 to drop all these charges against Zuma.

“We want to see if there really were grounds for the decision by the NPA.”

Last Friday, Judge Rami Mathopo ruled in the Pretoria High Court that the NPA had a duty to explain why and how it came to the decision in 2009 to drop all charges against Zuma.

Mathopo said in his verdict the document would help to prove the reasonableness of the NPA’s decision. He said it was desirable that the transcripts be made available to test and properly contextualise whether the decision was a rational one.

Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, acting national director of Public Prosecutions, has until 4.30 pm tomorrow to hand over all the relevant information. There is however a chance that the NPA may appeal.

The information that Jiba must hand over to the DA must include transcripts of all the recorded telephone conversations to which advocate Mokotedi Mpshe, the former acting national director of Public Prosecutions, referred when he confirmed in 2009 that all charges against Zuma would be dropped.

Jiba must indicate on each document which parts he deems confidential.

The DA’s attorney may not divulge any of the confidential information in the documents to another party, including the DA.

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