DA disappointed by 'spy tapes' ruling

2013-09-06 17:35
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Zuma granted leave to appeal

2013-09-06 16:41

President Jacob Zuma was granted leave to appeal by the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday against the order to release the "spy tapes". Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - The DA expressed disappointment on Friday at a South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruling granting President Jacob Zuma leave to appeal against the release of the so-called "spy tapes”.

"The DA is disappointed that the court has granted leave to appeal," said spokesperson James Selfe said in a statement.

"The DA will oppose the appeal, because we believe the spy tapes and other related documents form part of the reduced record of decision, which the Supreme Court of Appeal [SCA]ordered the National Prosecuting Authority [NPA] to hand over to us."

On Friday, Judge Rammaka Mathopo granted Zuma leave to appeal in the SCA.

Zuma lodged the application for leave to appeal against Mathopo's own ruling in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 16 August.

Mathopo ruled last month that acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba should lodge a copy of the tapes with the registrar of the court within five working days.

The court gave the NPA until last Friday to produce the tapes, but Zuma's legal team filed notice that he would seek leave to appeal the court ruling.

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

Mathopo said on Friday he had granted leave to appeal because there were different interpretations of the order by the parties.

The matter required the SCA to decide on the final interpretations, Mathopo said.

Selfe said the DA would "keep going in its attempt to prove that the decision to drop the charges against the president was irrational and politically motivated".

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